In partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, HIFF is honored to present a special Master Class with the team behind the film 7 DAYS on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13TH as part of the 2021 New American Perspectives program. The discussion will be moderated by HIFF Artistic Director Anderson Le and will feature, director and co-writer Roshan Sethi, co-writer and lead actor Karan Soni, and lead actress Geraldine Viswanathan. This event will be presented LIVE online. Go to HIFF.ORG, the HIFF Facebook Page, or HIFF’s Youtube Channel to participate in the conversation.
Roshan Sethi, born and raised in Canada, is a director, screenwriter, producer and physician working at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He began writing as a student at Harvard Medical School and co-created Fox’s THE RESIDENT while finishing his residency. He co-wrote (with Hayley Schore) a film titled CALL JANE with Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver. 7 DAYS is his directorial debut.
Karan Soni was born and raised in New Delhi, India. He grew up studying theater and continued his education at the University of Southern California. While in school he landed a lead role in SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. Since that film, he has starred in several other feature films including the DEADPOOL movies, Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS, ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE and DETECTIVE PIKACHU amongst others. On television he has appeared as a series regular on shows like BETAS, OTHER SPACE and BLUNT TALK and more. He currently stars in the series MIRACLE WORKERS opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi. Soni also recently directed his first episode of television for the HBO series ROOM 104. Karan co-wrote, starred and executive produced the feature film 7 DAYS.
Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan has quickly succeeded in establishing her career in television and film. Viswanathan can currently be seen in the romantic comedy THE BROKEN HEART GALLERY, as well as the HBO film, BAD EDUCATION. Viswanathan also reprises her role alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi in the upcoming third season of the TBS anthology comedy series, MIRACLE WORKERS. In recent years, Viswanathan starred in the coming-of-age drama HALA, the Netflix original comedy THE PACKAGE, and the Universal comedy BLOCKERS. Viswanathan stars in the feature 7 DAYS opposite her MIRACLE WORKERS co-star Karan Soni, who co-wrote the film with Roshan Sethi.
About the Vilcek Foundation
The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in the United States and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences. We accomplish our mission through our prizes program and through partnerships like the New American Perspectives program at HIFF. The innovation and perspective of foreign-born artists have made an indelible impact on filmmaking in the United States—expanding the boundaries of the medium as an art form and inspiring the next generation of artists and storytellers. To learn more, please visit vilcek.org.