Writer : Saurin Lakhia

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Overview & Credits


Set in the latter part of the 22nd century, the story follows a queer Indian-American man who employs the use of psychedelic science to guide humanity towards its new interstellar abode. However, his journey takes an unexpected turn when he discovers a long-held secret from Earth concerning his estranged mother and her cult, who committed mass suicide. As he grapples with this revelation, he must confront his past and the ghosts that continue to haunt him.

Writer's Biography

Saurin's journey to becoming a screenwriter has been far from conventional; he has always been a natural storyteller at heart.

Growing up as a closeted gay Indian in a conservative environment in Texas during the '80s and '90s, Saurin found solace in his own imagination. He would spend hours filling notebooks with movie ideas, creating imaginary worlds and even awards for these films. Despite his dream to pursue his passion in the film industry, his traditional Indian family and cultural expectations held him back for many years.

After studying Foreign Service at Georgetown University, he pursued a career in media with a master's degree in Media Studies from the New School. While working in Television Development at IMG (now WME), Saurin transitioned into Branded Content & Marketing career due to the Great Recession in '08.