Nik Patel is trying to explain the meaning of happily ever after to his 9 year old terminally sick daughter - Sara. Once an accomplished doctor, now Nik is a troubled soul with Alcohol problem. Nik has been hit by twin tragedies- his wife Kate died from Leukemia and now his daughter has the same disease. There is no happily ever after in Nik's life. Nik has a chance encounter with Donnie J- a jazz superstar of his times, but now an Alzheimer patient with most of his memory gone. Donnie J doesn’t remember his glorious past, his friends or even his music. But there is one thing Donnie J remembers very clearly! When Nik figures out that last memory, he understands the true meaning of Happily Ever After.
After Ever After is Rakesh Kumar’s first film.
Rakesh Kumar was born to 16-year-old mother and 21-year-old father in Ara, Bihar in East India. The state of Bihar often recognized as one of the poorest in India and has the highest infant mortality rate in the country.
The first 6 years of his life were trying and burdensome. Like many children in his part of the country, Rakesh was born very frail. Basic necessities were often out of reach, due to the fact that his family’s sole source of income was his grandfather’s pension - $20.00 a month. Rakesh grew up witnessing the deep caste divide, violent caste wars and extreme poverty. He also witnessed the human survival instinct, the joy that came with having a good meal and a deep family bond.
Shortly after graduating from college, Rakesh got the opportunity to work on a TV show as a writer. That is where he got his first exposure to script writing and fell in love with it. Everything seemed to be looking up. But life had other plans. In 1994 year, he lost two family members to Cancer. The feeling of being powerless against cancer and also the lack of adequate treatment had big impact on Rakesh. He felt that his duty to support his family in this difficult time surpassed his passion for story telling.
Rakesh decided to focus on stabilizing his career. He went to Law school and then to the MBA program. After graduating he got the opportunity to work for Apple. Apple’s work culture, especially their focus on innovation, emphasis on hard work and entrepreneurial thinking was a big influence on him.
Rakesh never forgot his passion in filmmaking. In 2014, after a gap of two decades he decided to follow his heart and that’s how After Ever After was made. Rakesh’s film making is inspired by his belief that the most basic and the most powerful human emotions transcend nationality, religion, race and even time. “After Ever After” and his upcoming projects are about those human emotions. Currently Rakesh is working on his second feature film- God of Foot Soldiers scheduled for principal photography in 2015.
For Paul Nordin, a varied and accomplished past including being a Dot.com/bomb survivor, Silicon Valley software company executive, outdoor adventurer & photographer, competitive athlete, schooling in photo-journalism, cinematography and computer science, has led back to the place he started: a lifetime passion for filmmaking. Since 1998 Paul has focused his energy and creativity into both a professional career as a Cinematographer, and building artistic community-focused media companies. He provided the initial vision & wherewithal to found the no-holds-barred recording studio & film production company that is El Mundo Bueno Studios (EMBS), and is a partner in the alternative indie-record label Trance Jam Records.
Jerome Leroy is a media composer who started his career by scoring numerous short films, including the multi award-winning animated film BROTHER (American Pavilion winner at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival). Since then, Jerome has written original music for the independent feature films IKLLR (directed by Jeffrey Coghlan) and MISTOVER (directed by Tappan Heher), and wrote additional music on numerous feature and TV films, including New Line Cinema’s A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS, TOUCHBACK (starring Kurt Russell), and 50 TO 1 (directed by Academy Award winner Jim Wilson). In television, Jerome’s music can be heard on Hallmark Hall of Fame’s IN MY DREAMS, Lifetime’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and THE NOTE, Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original movie. In addition to his work in long form entertainment, Jerome has written or produced music for various media projects, most notably for video games, commercials, corporate films, and theme park rides. A co-owner of Momentum RLP, a boutique music creation company operating from state-of-the-art studios in Santa Monica, California, Jerome lives with his wife and two-year-old son in Los Angeles.
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