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Being the one child sporting a turban at Ward-Melville Excessive Faculty again within the early ’80s may appear extra character-building than career-building, however for Harbinder Singh, the Sikh turban has been a pathway to a profession in tv and movie.

This weekend, you’ll be able to see simply how far Singh — and the South Asian group — has come. Singh’s quick movie, “Manpreet,” — his first screenplay — could have its world premiere on the first Lengthy Island South Asian Movie Competition (LISAFF) on Nov. 19, from midday to eight p.m. at Stony Brook College’s Charles B. Wang Heart.

Singh, whose household moved to the U.S. from India within the ’70s, wasn’t a film buff — his day job is in IT at a hospital — however rising up in a group with few South Asians (“In case you bumped into one individual in per week, it was loads”) made him need to construct connections. He found he favored performing by organizing Diwali cultural applications, and on the similar time observed how Sikhs have been represented on display. 

“You’ll see a man with a protracted beard and turban and he’s all the time stereotyped because the gasoline station or bodega proprietor,” Singh says. “That irked me.” So he began doing “background work”: showing in tv reveals like “Legislation and Order,” all the time sporting his turban. Casting brokers started to request him. 

In 2019, he and his spouse appeared in a brief Hewlett-Packard (HP) documentary about how they met. “Historical past of Reminiscence: At First Sight” went to the Tribeca Movie Competition, the place the pink carpet, the large viewers, the talkback, beguiled him. “It was the primary time I felt like, ‘I need to do that,’” he says.

Talking roles adopted, in locally-produced feature-length movies like “The Scrapper” (2019), “Lengthy Island Gus” (2022) and the upcoming “Sunita” (2023). 

Singh traveled to Texas in Could for the DFW South Asian Movie Competition — now in its eighth yr — the place he met SAFF founder, Jitin Hingorani. Whereas Hingorani already runs a New York Metropolis SAFF, Singh satisfied him to strive Lengthy Island the place the group is rising quick. 

Don’t anticipate Bollywood extravaganzas right here. “Bollywood already has its place,” says Hingorani. “Festivals like ours create platforms for impartial movies.”

Hingorani lived in Wyandanch when he first arrived from Texas in 2008. He’s well-known by South Asians as an leisure reporter for Asian Selection Present (AVS). 

There are 13 quick movies, one quick documentary and one characteristic movie. Attendees can select by session: South Asian shorts from locations like Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives; U.S. diaspora shorts; the characteristic movie, or get a full day cross that features a Q&A and a VIP reception with refreshments. South Asia has many languages; all movies have English subtitles to make them accessible to everybody. 

As for Harbinder Singh, he hopes the pageant and his movie — by which he additionally stars and financed himself — are only the start. “Making the movie is one thing not lots of people even take into consideration doing, so it’s already a giant accomplishment. I do know I need to do it once more,” he says. “However I additionally need the movie pageant to be a giant networking occasion for South Asians, and likewise for different folks. Lengthy Island is various and folks have to know that. We’re right here! It’s an thrilling time.”

Being the one child sporting a turban at Ward-Melville Excessive Faculty again within the early ’80s may appear extra character-building than career-building, however for Harbinder Singh, the Sikh turban has been a pathway to a profession in tv and movie.

This weekend, you’ll be able to see simply how far Singh — and the South Asian group — has come. Singh’s quick movie, “Manpreet,” — his first screenplay — could have its world premiere on the first Lengthy Island South Asian Movie Competition (LISAFF) on Nov. 19, from midday to eight p.m. at Stony Brook College’s Charles B. Wang Heart.

Singh, whose household moved to the U.S. from India within the ’70s, wasn’t a film buff — his day job is in IT at a hospital — however rising up in a group with few South Asians (“In case you bumped into one individual in per week, it was loads”) made him need to construct connections. He found he favored performing by organizing Diwali cultural applications, and on the similar time observed how Sikhs have been represented on display. 

“You’ll see a man with a protracted beard and turban and he’s all the time stereotyped because the gasoline station or bodega proprietor,” Singh says. “That irked me.” So he began doing “background work”: showing in tv reveals like “Legislation and Order,” all the time sporting his turban. Casting brokers started to request him. 

In 2019, he and his spouse appeared in a brief Hewlett-Packard (HP) documentary about how they met. “Historical past of Reminiscence: At First Sight” went to the Tribeca Movie Competition, the place the pink carpet, the large viewers, the talkback, beguiled him. “It was the primary time I felt like, ‘I need to do that,’” he says.

Talking roles adopted, in locally-produced feature-length movies like “The Scrapper” (2019), “Lengthy Island Gus” (2022) and the upcoming “Sunita” (2023). 

Singh traveled to Texas in Could for the DFW South Asian Movie Competition — now in its eighth yr — the place he met SAFF founder, Jitin Hingorani. Whereas Hingorani already runs a New York Metropolis SAFF, Singh satisfied him to strive Lengthy Island the place the group is rising quick. 

Don’t anticipate Bollywood extravaganzas right here. “Bollywood already has its place,” says Hingorani. “Festivals like ours create platforms for impartial movies.”

Hingorani lived in Wyandanch when he first arrived from Texas in 2008. He’s well-known by South Asians as an leisure reporter for Asian Selection Present (AVS). 

There are 13 quick movies, one quick documentary and one characteristic movie. Attendees can select by session: South Asian shorts from locations like Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives; U.S. diaspora shorts; the characteristic movie, or get a full day cross that features a Q&A and a VIP reception with refreshments. South Asia has many languages; all movies have English subtitles to make them accessible to everybody. 

As for Harbinder Singh, he hopes the pageant and his movie — by which he additionally stars and financed himself — are only the start. “Making the movie is one thing not lots of people even take into consideration doing, so it’s already a giant accomplishment. I do know I need to do it once more,” he says. “However I additionally need the movie pageant to be a giant networking occasion for South Asians, and likewise for different folks. Lengthy Island is various and folks have to know that. We’re right here! It’s an thrilling time.”

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