Screens on Wednesday, March 30, 5pm – RU Paul Robeson Student Center
An award-winning writer, producer and director, Arun began her love affair with filmmaking in London at a young age, coordinating documentaries and news magazine programs for British television. In the U.S., Arun’s screenplay THE LAST WEEKEND earned her the prestigious “Directing Workshop for Women Award” sponsored by the American Film Institute and Gale Anne Hurd and was Arun’s first short film, which starred Suzanne Douglas (“Parenthood”). “The Last Weekend” won “Best Short” at the Pan African Film Festival; “Emerging Artist” at the Kodak sponsored National Black Programming Consortium Festival. In 2002, Vir was named one of HBO’s “Women to Watch”. In 2008, she completed her film, UNFINISHED, a drama about a young South Asian-American woman who is forced to reconcile her relationship with her estranged father. Having penned several features, Arun’s coming of age musical dramedy, Suburban Turban was recently recognized as a 2015 Semi-Finalist by The Academy Nicholl Fellowship. As a producer, her credits include the cop thriller feature “The Bull’s Night Out,” “BB Gun” (Showtime Networks), and the reality series, “Romancing the Joan,” with the legendary comedian, Joan Rivers. Arun lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Willie Dawkins, and their two children.
RYLEE, a mixed-race teen descends into drug addiction while struggling with her difficult childhood. After entering treatment at a rehab facility, working through issues of identity both physical and emotional, Rylee learns recovery is a life-long process that holds no guarantees. Exploring the effects of addiction on family, Rylee’s South-Asian mother, MAYA, struggles to understand Rylee’s disease while coping with her own family history of substance abuse.