The young adults play stars Megan Suri (Atypical, The Brink), David Arquette (Scream franchise, Never Kissed), Priyanka Bose (Lion), Phillip Labes (I’ll Ship It) and Gordon Winarick (Gotham). The story follows a bullied Indian teenager who forges her mother’s signature to finish high school. When she realizes that she has to pay a test fee by the seventh hour, she has no choice but to reach out to the students she is dying to leave.
The Miseducation of Bindu was selected as a campaign winner by Jay and Mark Duplass to help find America’s next generation of indie filmmakers. The Duplass brothers have teamed up with the film-centric crowdfunding website Seed & Spark to launch this initiative to find and promote film talent across the country.
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The film made its debut at the San Diego Film Festival, where Mohan received the Best Director award for the first time.
“Growing up, it was hard to come up with stories about kids like me,” said Mohan, who first received the San Diego Film Festival’s best director award. “Brown kids don’t always star in their own stories, which is why we wanted to do The Miseducation of Bindu. A story about a young girl with a migrant background who perseveres and finds her voice in the face of bullies. We’re excited to partner with MarVista Entertainment, known for nurturing feminine stories, and we can’t wait for audiences to discover and fall in love with Bindu. “
Deena Stern, Head of Marketing & Acquisitions at MarVista Entertainment, added: “At MarVista we have always prided ourselves on supporting women filmmakers with unique voices and perspectives. When I saw The Miseducation of Bindu, I knew immediately that this was a story we wanted to tell through the portrayal, but I also had a strong connection to the performances and nostalgia of the John Hughes genre films. “
The acquisition is in line with MarVista’s ongoing commitment to telling more representative stories by promoting diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera.
The Miseducation of Bindu is also produced by Edward Timpe and Zachary Spicer, John Armstrong, Gordon Strain and Gloria Bradbury.