India / United States, 2009, 19'10''
Director: Gregg Helvey
Producer: Guneet Monga, Harish Amin
Director of photography: John Harrison
Writer: Gregg Helvey
Composer: Patrick Kirst, Paul Livingstone
Editor: Chris Witt
Synopsis: 2010 Oscar-Nominee and Winner of the 2009 Student Academy Awards, KAVI is about a boy in India, who wants to play cricket and go to school, but instead he is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. Unsatisfied with his fate, Kavi must either accept what he’s always been told, or fight for a different life even if he’s unsure of the ultimate outcome.Director: Gregg Helvey
Oscar Nominee and Student Academy Award® Winner, GREGG HELVEY, has traveled the world to film in countries such as El Salvador, China, Kenya and England on projects ranging from National Geographic and BBC1 documentaries to independent fictional films. As a filmmaker, Helvey seeks to combine his passion for social justice with powerful story telling. This was most recently recognized by A.M.P.A.S. inviting Gregg to become a lifetime member of the Academy. He currently serves on the Foreign Language Film Award selection committee for the 2011 Oscars. Helvey wrote, directed and produced “Kavi,” the winning film of the 2009 Student Academy Award® gold medal in the narrative category. “Kavi” was filmed entirely on location in India and tells the story of a young boy who wants to play cricket and go to school, but instead he is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. Kavi must either accept what he’s always been told, or fight for a different life even if he’s unsure of the ultimate outcome. More information is available at www.KaviTheMovie.com Helvey’s other award-winning work includes the documentary, “Overexposed,” which examines how pornography affects men. Dr. Drew, Adam Carolla and other cultural pundits comment on the issue as the cameras follow two men trying to navigate the rocky road of love, sex and intimacy in the age of virtual fantasies. More information is available at www.OverexposedTheMovie.com Helvey received his M.F.A in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and his B.A.s in English and French from the University of Virginia.