Work of First-time SoCal Filmmakers Selected for Two Festivals

Crown Heights Film Festival and San Diego Christian Film Festival

Produced by first-time southern California filmmakers, Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan has been selected for the 2012 Crown Heights Film Festival (Brooklyn, New York) and 2012 San Diego Christian Film Festival (San Diego, California).

Narrated by Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James, Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan is a compelling documentary following the adventure of 25 courageous orphans living as a family along the railway as they make pivotal decisions that will directly impact their future. Filmed in southern India with a small production team, the documentary is the work of first-time filmmakers David Trotter, Shawn Scheinoha, and Noah Lamberth.

"India is growing in both population and industry, but few people know that there are over 31 million orphans in the nation," commented David Trotter, executive producer of Mother India. "Each of these young lives is much more than a statistic. Every one of them has a name, a face, and a story."

Although both Trotter and Scheinoha have travelled to India on multiple occasions for humanitarian purposes, this was their first documentary project on the subject.

"The bottom line is that statistics go in one ear and out the other," said Scheinoha. "People need to hear stories and see the reality of what it looks like for millions of Indian children who are orphaned. We're not out to just tell a tragic story. We're focused on raising awareness and changing lives."

Film festival screenings of Mother India include:

• Crown Heights Film Festival (Saturday, November 3rd - 2:30pm)
• San Diego Christian Film Festival (November 10th-11th - Time TBA)

Executive Producer David Trotter will be in attendance at both film festivals and available for Q&A. For more information, visit www.motherindiafilm.com.

About Mother India

Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan is a compelling documentary capturing the life and stories of 25 abandoned and orphaned children living along the railway in southern India. Executive Producers David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha showed up hoping to find kids who would be willing to trust them enough to show them life through their eyes. What they didn't expect was to be warmly welcomed into a 'family'.