We craft films
We create commissioned work, independent documentaries, and narrative films. At Real Talkies, we make audiovisual stories focussing on nuances that are not dwelled upon or deliberated in mass media.
Chithra makes intimate documentaries about identity, human relationships, race, art, and health.
A failed attempt to fund a film in India led her to quit a decade-long career as a Physical Therapist and get an MFA in film. Her documentary work is supported by Jerome Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, New York State Council for the Arts, BAVC Media Maker Fellowship, Made in New York Fellowship, American Institute for Indian Studies, Lancet, Dance Films Association, and pitched at competitive industry events like the IFP project forum and Sheffield Meet Market.
In the near future, she hopes to direct narrative features and fantastical episodic content. She is an avid runner and has completed 14 marathons. Food is her first love.
Sowmya's solace during difficult transitions came from words and the verses she writes today are often reflective of healing in one's own time. Misplaced apostrophes may get no compassion although she is otherwise unconditional with her support for editing/writing projects.
She works in the field of independent living and employment for people with disabilities. She enjoys hiking, a hell alot of chai and distance running. Home for her, at the moment, is Boston, while Madras remains etched in her soul.
Direct and produce
original story driven content to bring ideas to life, for brands, organizations, and networks.
Edit documentaries, branded media, fundraising samples and narrative films collaboratively.
Screen our films, host relevant workshops, engage through active dialogue and inspire change.
Teach filmmaking from development to distribution across educational settings, community workshops, and panels.