Meet the filmmakers who poured their hearts and souls into making a movie about poop.
AJAI VISHWANATH: DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER
Ajai Vishwanath is a filmmaker and visual artist from Sydney, Australia, currently based in New York City. His debut solo exhibition, Adoxography, opened at Google San Francisco in 2017, and his films and paintings have been shown across Australia and the United States.
Ajai is pursuing an MFA in Filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he is a Robert Jahn scholar and a Maurice Kanbar scholar. Prior to NYU, Ajai completed his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a concentration in Globalization and a minor in Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, and spent four years as the Head of Marketing at an Artificial Intelligence company based in San Francisco.
You can learn more about Ajai at ajaivishwanath.com.
EVA RAVENAL: LEAD ACTOR - "INDIA", WRITER, PRODUCER
Eva Ravenal is an actor and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she holds a BA in Theater from Wesleyan University.
Eva recently starred in 2021 Sundance Screenwriting Fellow Alyssa Loh's short film Other Bodies, which opened at the 2021 Fantasia Festival. She also co-wrote and starred in Smoothy, a short film made in one room under quarantine, and was on stage in Gracie Gardner's New York Times Critic's Pick, Athena.
Eva is represented by Mallory Tucker at CESD, and you can learn more about her at evaravenal.com.
GERRARD LOBO: LEAD ACTOR - "RAJ"
Gerrard Lobo is an actor and writer based in New York. He is best known for his work on the Netflix-produced shows Master of None
and Orange Is The New Black. Gerrard can also be seen in shows such as Search Party, You and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Gerrard recently appeared in Zoey Martinson's film Cupids, which debuted at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the 8:46 films collection produced by Tribeca Studios, Saturday Morning, and Procter and Gamble.
Gerrard is represented by Mallory Tucker at CESD.
SAM MOTAMEDI: CINEMATOGRAPHER
Sam Motamedi is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in New York City. After graduating with a Dual Degree in Political Science and Persian Studies from the University of Maryland, he enrolled in New York University's Graduate Film Program.
With experience in both commercial and narrative productions, Sam's work has screened on CNN, ESPN, and many other local and nationwide stations.
You can learn more about Sam at sammotamedifilms.com.
JACOB SNIDER: COMPOSER
Jacob Snider is a composer, singer-songwriter and producer who was named Best New Artist by NPR / WXPN. His work has been featured on the BBC and KCRW to critical acclaim, he has performed at SXSW, and shared stages with Big Thief and The Roots. He recently co-wrote "Paranoïaque Transcendantal" with Olivia Ruiz, whose Miss Météores charted at No. 1 throughout Europe. On screen, Jacob composed the theme and music for ROUGH DRAFT WITH REZA ASLAN, which premiered on Topic in 2020. Upcoming collaborations include an album with Jim "Kirby" Fairchild of Modest Mouse, under the moniker Small Isles (Dangerbird Records, 2021).
Jacob is a graduate of Columbia University for Composition (BA), and New York University for Screen Scoring (MM). He is represented by Heavy Hitters Music, and Expressive Artists in Los Angeles. You can learn more about him at jacobsnider.com
The rest of the DUNG CAKE team:
Executive Producer: Shachi Shah
Assistant Director: Xavier Griffiths
Additional Cinematography: Jason Maselle
Gaffer: Chheangkea Ieng
Sound Mixer & Assistant Camera: Anndi Jinelle Liggett
Health & Safety Supervisor: Brennan Ayres