Visiting Assistant Professor Leena Pendharkar will debut her short film, Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, on March 14 at CAAMFest 2015, a film festival in San Francisco presented by the Center for Asian American Media.
Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, a dramedy directed by Pendharkar, tells the story of RK Dandekar, a retiree who takes a visit to the grocery store in search of items to make a sandwich but leaves with much more than sandwich ingredients. This short film acts as a prequel to the feature film, Days with Dandekar, which Pendharkar workshopped in the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab and was part of Tribeca All Access.
The character of Dandekar is based on Pendharkar’s father. Despite his daughters’ encouragement to take Spanish classes or travel during his time of retirement, he preferred to spend his days wandering around town, making visits to the bank and coffee shop every single day.
According to the Days with Dandekar website, Pendharkar “wanted to tell the story of a retiree who seems to have everything except one thing: a sense of connection with others. I love the idea of strangers meeting one another for strange reasons and finding this unusual sense of connectivity. My goal is to explore loneliness and each of our desires to find others.”
To learn more, visit the website Days with Dandekar.