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You Follow 

A search for one's past

 

Log Line

 

You Follow Reminds us that the pursuit of truth can take inquisitive minds down roads littered with obstacles. From challenges to triumphs, through laughter and tears – Nisha’s journey to find her birth mother is a testament to character and determination.  

 

There are answers whether we seek or accept them is what defines us.

 

 

 

 
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synopsis 

In 2009 Nisha Grayson packed her bags with four of her closest friends, and set out on a journey from the home she had known for 28 years in Sacramento CA, off to her birthplace in Goa India - it was a quest for answers, family and true identity. You Follow chronicles the experiences of an adoptee with a mind full of questions, and heart full of determination. When steps in the right direction lead to forks in the road, when loyalty and commitment come from unlikely strangers - Nisha faces an emotional series of unexpected challenges and tests of her character.

The underlying questions create a heartfelt saga that brings Nisha and friends back and forth from India to the United States just to find out... Who is Nisha’s birth mother, and will she ever meet her? With her perils come pain; with her progress comes hope. 28 years after her adoption, this 39-month journey leads Nisha to a deep introspective through her inspiring commitment to pursuing truth, and the adventure that comes along with it. In it's essence, You Follow is a compelling story about resilience, family and identity.

 

 

crew

DIRECTOR

PRODUCER

PRODUCER

 

POST SUPERVISOR / MOTION GRAPHICS 

EDITOR

ASSISTANT EDITORS

ASSISTANT EDITOR / COLOR

FINISHING EDITOR

FINISHING COLOR

GFX ADVISOR

 

2ND UNIT LOS ANGELES FILMING

2ND UNIT INDIA PRODUCER 

INDIA CAMERA CREW

 

 

INDIA TRANSCRIBERS

SUBTITLES 

 

POST AUDIO SUPERVISOR

MUSIC SUPERVISOR

COMPOSER

MUSIC ADVISOR

FINAL AUDIO MIX

 

STILL PHOTOGRAPHER

SOCIAL MEDIA / MARKETING

MARKETING

SOCIAL MEDIA / MARKETING ASSISTANT

POSTER ART

 

 

 

 

Sharmila Ray

Brad Lavery

Nisha Grayson 

 

Bob Salzano

Sharmila Ray

Josh Dion / Alex Robertson 

Andrew Cohen

Ryan Casebolt 

Joel Ides

Jennifer Van Horn

 

Zac & Lucas Eubank

Syed Parvez

Sharmila Ray, Nisha Grayson, Reena Ray & Hitesh Khalashi

 

Girish Parab & Munna Shalkin

David Addison

 

Noah Adams

Todd Dalhoff

Luke Janela

Vanessa  Gonzales

Alex Niedt

 

Adrienne Garcia

Rinny Perkins

Ben Kemp

Reena Ray

Dawn Chenette

 

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Director's Statement 

I felt compelled to film an adoption adventure because it is truly like searching for a needle in a haystack when you don't know who or where your parents come from.  I think that it is important for adoptees to search for their heritage and to reconnect with their past.  I understand that the journey can be rough and painful, but I think that it can assist with the healing process.  When a person makes an attempt for a reunion, it can give a small sense of understanding even if it is not expected or welcomed.  The point is to try. We only have one life to look for the answers.

 

I wanted to gather the stories of people involved in the adoption process from the beginning to the end; the selection process  for  adoptive parents to adoptees that have reunited with their birth parents.  Each unique story brought attention to the layers of people that are involved in adoption.  Most of the time we see it from the adoptive parents perspective, and that adoptees should feel grateful, but that is not always the case.  Adoptees have a lot of questions about their background especially when paired cross culturally. With this piece I wanted to juxtapose Nisha’s exploration of the Indian culture since being raised as a California girl.   

 

It was also important to me to produce a project that examined the various elements of adoption within India and to explore the cultural differences domestically and abroad.  In the US, there is a constant struggle for equality between the sexes and a fight for equal pay, while women in India still struggle to be socially accepted for the choices they make in regards to their own bodies.  It’s so severe, that suicide is considered an option for an unwanted pregnancy.  Being an American myself, I’ve come to see that we, as a first world society, complain about not having enough options, but in fact we do. We don’t see how fortunate we really are with the amount of resources and social support that is available; whereas in other parts of the world, this does not exist.

 

At times it felt like we were in a Choose Your Own Adventure book; putting faith in selecting the correct page to turn to in order for the journey to continue. I never knew if Nisha was going to give up or keep traveling the unknown path.  I was fortunate to have an organic story unfold before me because Nisha was always open and honest.  As a friend, I wanted to be there emotionally and encourage Nisha, but as a filmmaker I did not want to influence her just for the sake of drama.  

 

This film is my first attempt in filmmaking, so I wanted to immerse myself in it.  I put myself behind the camera and in front of the computer to edit  five years worth of footage.  I pounded the pavement to raise funds and to learn about distribution; from concept to completion I stayed committed.  I am truly proud of the outcome and the lessons that I have learned in the process.

 

A pot of gold is never found at the end of a rainbow, but the adventure to look for the gold is the real attraction.

 

 

Awards/Press

2015 India International Film Festival 

2014 La Femme International Film Festival 

 
 

 INDIEWIRE

GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO

SCREEN INVASION.COM

SLANT EYE FOR THE ROUND EYE

 
 

LIVE MINT

SUBMERGE MAGAZINE

Children's Home Society of Minnesota

 

LAND OF GAZILLION ADOPTEES PODCAST

DECCAN HeRALD

AAINA 2015

SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN FOCUS

 

THE SACRAMENTO BEE

 

VIDEOS  

TRAILER #1

SUMMARY Nisha was adopted from Goa, India and has always wondered about her heritage and background... Sometimes it's not all about the journey, but the people you meet along the way.  In 2009 she decided to venture off to India in search for her birth mother. With the help of her four friends, they searched throughout Goa to find clues to the origin of her roots. 

Trailer #2

Trailer #2 for the documentary "You Follow: the search for one's past. Featuring the song "Mon Nom" from Rodrigo Amarante on the album Cavalo. 

Meet Nisha 

 

Nisha is an adoptee that is in search for her birth mother in Goa, India. 

Meet Reena 

Reena is Nisha's best friend.  She heads to India to help find Nisha's birth mother.  

Meet Tony 

Tony is a Jack-of-All-Trades, and knows Goa like the back of his hand.  

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Contact 

General Inquiries 

youfollowthefilm@gmail.com

 

Nisha Grayson

Producer / Social Media & Event Management

nishagrayson@gmail.com  

 

Sharmila Ray 

Director / Collaboration

Sharmilalourdesray@gmail.com

 

Brad Lavery

Producer

brad@laveryproductions.co  

 

Kevin H. Vollmers

Distribution

khv@wearegazillionstrong.org 

 

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