QUEEN OF THE BEACH
Soloshye Pictures | 2019
Documentary | 105 minutes
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FINAL-CUT 2018 – NOTES
• This is pre Sound-Mix with no compression or EQ, and only basic leveling
• Narration is TEMP (to be re-recorded)
• Colour Correction/Grading to be done
• Credits to be finalized
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• February, 2008. Chris travels to India and first meets Shilpa on March 7.
• January, 2009. Chris returns to India, reconnects with Shilpa and continues filming.
• April, 2010. Chris returns to India for a third round of filming. He loses contact with Shilpa shortly after returning to Canada.
• March 3, 2014. After several early rough-cuts and private screenings, he finishes the first Trailer.
• September, 2014. A polished Rough-Cut is completed with a running length of 105 minutes.
• March 14, 2015. Heeding the advice of two film distributors, Chris returns to India to find Shilpa and resolve the story.
• April 2, 2015. While in India, Chris launches a GoFundMe Campaign titled, "Fix the House, School the Girl!". The goal is reached by the end of the month.
• November, 2016. Starting from the ground up, a new Rough-Cut is produced incorporating 18 hours of new footage.
• September 11, 2017. After 3 more months of editing, the Rough-Cut is revised and polished.
• October, 2017. Chris releases a new Trailer.
• February, 2018. The Final-Cut is uploaded to Vimeo.
• March, 2018. The Trailer is revised with original score music by Sasikumar B.
• April, 2018. A 1-minute Teaser is added to the Press Kit.
• June 15, 2018. An Indiegogo campaign raises money to pay for the score.
• October, 2018. The film is scored! Yay.
"Come look my shop! Very cheap, okay!”
While on vacation in Goa, India, Canadian filmmaker Chris McDonell turns his camera on Shilpa Poojar, a 9-year-old beach hawker hustling tourists to buy clothes and jewelry from her seaside shop. Funny, charming and skilled beyond her years, she is a migrant worker from the unique Lamani tribe and the primary breadwinner for her family. Forging a connection in this chance encounter, Chris returns 3 times over the next 7 years to capture Shilpa’s story of sacrifice and survival and help her achieve her childhood dream of going to school – a relentless effort that will test them both along the way.
From child-labourer to teenage-entrepreneur to one of the “lucky” ones who learned how to read and write (in a culture that favours boys over girls), Shilpa is now an inspiration and beacon of hope to her friends and colleagues who lovingly call her: “Queen of the Beach”.
Seeta Kyber Nayka
Dan Shing Lamani
"Fix the house, School the girl!"
Click the logo to learn about the crowd-funding campaign launched in Goa, India, during filming in 2015.