Twinsletown Productions was named after the relationship of the filmmakers, twin sisters Rita Acharyya and Smita Acharyya. The production team includes writer/producer Rémi Boudreau. Combining their talents, the trio have created several award winning films. Their debut film SECOND COMING IN THE 2ND GRADE was selected for the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize award. Their production SORRY GIRL was selected as the JUROR’S CHOICE FOR BEST IN SHOW at the Female Shorts: Film & Video Showcase (Torpedo Gallery, Virginia). The production also received an AMPIA award for BEST SCREENWRITER as well as nominations for BEST DIRECTOR and BEST SHORT.
Smita Acharyya is a filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. With over twelve years experience in the film and television industry. Smita has received numerous awards for her work. Her debut film SECOND COMING IN THE 2nd GRADE received the NSI Drama Prize Award, was broadcast nationally and screened at major film festivals. She produced the BravoFact short film SUPERHERO WANNABE, winning Best Film at the 7 Minute Film Festival, selected as a NY Times Critics Pick and Official Selection of the Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary International Film Festival. Smita’s documentary film VIVA BENGALI earned favorable reviews as well as an AMPIA nomination. The documentary was broadcast internationally on DISCOVERY INDIA and CBC. Her comedy SORRY GIRL was selected as the JUROR’S CHOICE FOR BEST IN SHOW (Female Shorts: Film & Video Showcase) and won an AMPIA for BEST SCREENWRITER in addition to nominations for BEST DIRECTOR & BEST FILM.
Smita graduated from the Women In The Director’s Chair program and received the OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNA AWARD from SAIT Polytechnic where she studied film. Thank you to SAIT for this video! Smita is currently writing her feature film THERE IS NO GLASS and co-writing the film HYPHAE with a talented team of colleagues.
Rita Acharyya produced the film SECOND COMING IN THE 2nd GRADE with her twin sister, Smita Acharyya, through their production company Twinsletown Productions. The film received the NSI Drama Prize Award and was screened in numerous festivals. The twins teamed up once again to make the AMPIA nominated film DOWNSIZING. Rita’s talents include winning reality shows! She competed against eleven other participants in the reality show “Dream Chasers.” Taking home the top prize, Rita won her dream of converting an RV into an MV (Massage Vehicle, otherwise known as a heavenly spa on wheels) through which Rita has been able to bring healing massage and Reiki to people’s doorsteps. Rita proudly received an AMPIA award for Twinsletown’s latest short film SORRY GIRL. She continues to work with her twin on their first feature film SHANTI CLAUS and other projects in development.
Rémi Boudreau put his rebellious teen angst and orange mohawk to good use when he began his career as the frontman and co-songwriter for the metal band Cloud 9. As he mellowed into his 30s, his musical talent eventually introduced him to the film industry when he penned the theme song “Forgive and Forget” for the award winning short film SECOND COMING IN THE 2nd GRADE. Rémi’s unique talents won him a starring role in the comical Christmas music video ENOUGH. Ever the Renaissance man, his artistic talents include creating historically accurate weaponry, a specialized skill he used to create props for various movies and television including DRACULA 2000 and the Gemini-nominated documentary series FISH OUT OF WATER. His quirky sense of humour and talent for upsetting his mother-in-law were featured in the internationally broadcast, award-winning Documentary VIVA BENGALI. Rémi is pleased have his decades of ranting about a moneyless world put to good use as a co-writer for the film HYPHAE.
Kumie (Kumkum) Roychowdhury, the twins’ talented mother caught the acting bug early at the age of seven in theatre in Kolkata, India. She continued appearing in theatre and dance on stages in London, New York, Montreal and Toronto. Jumping into acting in independent films, Kumkum quickly landed roles in several award winning short films including Tigers At Gate (NSI Drama Prize), Breakout of The Masala Kid, The Interrogation, and Troops. Kumkum was the main subject of the internationally broadcast documentary Viva Bengali, written by her daughter. Her talents include speaking several different languages (English, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi and a dash of French) and making the best butter chicken. She continues to act in films and is known to break out into a dance number anytime she hears good music! Watch her demo reel.