Created by Vishaal Reddy, INSOMNIA is a dark comedy series that, on a macro level, is changing the stereotypes of how South Asians are seen on television. Typically seen as deli owners, doctors, and socially awkward computer nerds, INSOMNIA places Nikhil, a bisexual Indian American writer, as the protagonist of the series.
The show's premise explores the world of Nikhil, a bisexual South Asian writer living in New York City that suffers from Insomnia, and supports his sick aunt by moonlighting as an escort. Grounded in realism, yet with a character that breaks the fourth wall, the series explore the unique challenges of being an escort in the 21st century, while also delving into the themes of sexuality, race, mental health, and LGBT issues.
In addition to Insomnia's creator being accepted to the Tribeca Film Festival's Creator's Program, Insomnia received positive reviews and coverage from Mashable, them. Magazine, NewNowNext, The Hype Magazine, Wussymag, 25YearsLater, BrownGirlMagazine, among others.
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We produce emotionally rich visual content that explores the under-represented human experience. Through scripted and unscripted content, we champion emerging creators whose identities inspire them to defy societal barriers to educate and shift established standards. Our intention is to change company cultures, the entertainment industry, and larger global sensitivities with darkly amusing, inventive stories that chronicle the complexities of human spirit. Below are a few samples of some of work Moon31 has contributed to in TV and Film:
summer of soul.
Directed by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, "Summer of Soul" is a documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a multi-year festival that took place in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) in Harlem and lasted for six weeks. While the event attracted nearly 300,000 attendees and featured some of the biggest artists of the time, including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Sly and the Family Stone, BB King, Nina Simone, Fifth Dimension, among many others, the festival's legacy was lost in time as original footage of it sat in the filmmaker's basement for nearly 50 years.
The film explores the footage, its' legacy, and celebrates its significance through a historical and musical lense through interviews with some of the original performing artists, attendees, current day Harlem residents, and the festival's staff.
It premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January 2021, was awarded both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Documentary category at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, and was picked up by Hulu and Searchlight Pictures.
A trailer for the film can be found here.