Rhea D’Souza is a Production Designer from Mumbai, India with an innate desire to birth worlds by balancing the honesty of humanity with the magic of film making. An architect of dreams, she thrives in collaborations with multi-disciplinary artists, always allowing the story to guide her process. Currently based in New York, you may find her talking to the moon or searching for the best Indian paneer in the city.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is the story of Alice in modern day India, trapped between traditional Indian practices that confine her and a version of contemporary India that she does not belong to. She is offered a marriage proposal that will give her financial support and stability in society. As she navigates through the world of Underland (“Wonderland”) she faces obstacles that give her the strength to make her own choices. When she emerges from Underland she says no to a marriage proposal she doesn’t see for herself, and sails away to create a life of her own.
Screenplay by: Linda Woolverton
Maria tells the story of a statue of the Virgin Mary holding Baby Jesus. She springs to life when a parishioner of the church begins to paint her skin a lighter tone. We follow Maria and her baby through the streets of present-day New York as she struggles to keep herself and her child alive. The film, for me, was an exploration of faith within the context of a city – how it manifests in the vaulted halls of a church versus the small, cluttered homes and open hearts of the people.
Director: Khalea Ross Robinson
Cinematographer: Sam Motamedi
Produced By: NYU Tisch Grad Film
Costume Designer: Eszter Retfalvi
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is a tragedy of love lost, again and again. It speaks of a love that adheres to boundaries and constructs of society. Gatsby’s yearnings lie in his insatiable longing for Daisy and the societal facade that comes with it. He has unknowingly woven himself into the larger cosmic fabric of fate and eventually becomes one with the water he represents. The same water that distanced him from Daisy, became the grave that gently floated his dead body, polluted by the stale love of the one it tried so hard to separate him from.
Screenplay by: Francis Ford Coppola
The Gatherer is set in the imaginary world of a little girl. A bubble of her own, she inhabits a cardboard forest teaming with forest children. The Gatherer roams through the forest and sees it begin to transform – the apples are rotting, the forest children are turning into TV couch potatoes. He comes to the girl and tells her it’s time to leave this fantasy, allowing her only a wooden flute to take back into the outside world.