Meet Shastina Kumar, born and raised in Surrey, British Columbia Canada. Shastina has a degree in Business and a minor in Human Resources. She always had a passion for film, but never knew that she could try and chase such a far-fetched dream.
After working as a Flight Attendant, Accounts Receivables, and the Human Resources Department; she felt she still wasn’t living her true self and she wanted more in life. “I knew what I always wanted to do, but I was so afraid of failure.” She says.
Check out Shastina’s first film she helped produce and write, “Miss Midnight”.
The film was shot at ‘Film Views’ located in Surrey. Check out the full tour of the house below.
“I couldn’t have done this project without my amazing team! We had so much fun and the space was perfect! Perfect natural lighting, lots of space and great décor that were easy to replace and even use for our film! Everybody worked so closely together and so well for only 2 days of shooting. I am so proud and grateful to have shared my story with so many people.
I was so pleased with the amount of awesome feedback and many have told me that they either know someone who has suffered through domestic abuse or they have been victims of abuse; both men and women.” Shastina says. So far this year Shastina has made 5 short films this year all eligible for festivals. She is working extra hard, so she can fund for her films and pay the crew for higher budget productions.
- 5000 sq ft
- Big Windows
- 4 floors
- 5 Balconies with view
- Built in Bar
- Hardwood flooring and carpet
- Ample free parking space
- Transit friendly
- No pets
- No smoking
This film was very close to her heart. It was based on a true story with dramatization about [her] mother and her physically and mentally abusive husband. Growing up, unfortunately [she] saw it all… From him physically abusing her mother and to him mentally torturing [her] mother, brother and herself for many years. “With all this going on in my home, the outside world saw me as the most cheerful and happiest girl.
Because it’s true. I was always happy and cheerful. Our mother gave us the best life we could have ever asked for. She is the funniest person you will ever meet. I guess that’s where I get it from. No matter what circumstances you may be in your life and as cliché as this may sound; You will always come out stronger.” She says.
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ABOVE: Stills from Shastina’s upcoming film, “The Brightest Star” on location at Film Views in Surrey.
So far this year Shastina has made 5 short films this year all eligible for festivals. She is working extra hard, so she can fund for her films and pay the crew for higher budget productions.
Shastina is currently working on two horror projects in July. “I love HORROR.”
“I love that I have a team that I can work well with and trust, but I also love working with different people to have different perspectives. There is a great value in recognizing different perspective and being open to other ideas and point of view.”
We are the generation that has the knowledge, resources, and freedom to do what we want to do, and change lives together.