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 an award-winning writer and director based in Vancouver, Canada. Her films have been selected as a New York Times Critics’ Pick, invited to festivals around the world and broadcast internationally. She recently managed several TELUS STORYHIVE grant programs to support the career acceleration of emerging content creators, with a focus on increasing representation in front of and behind the camera for traditionally underrepresented groups. Prior to her work at STORYHIVE, Smita served as Production Manager for the Gemini nominated APTN documentary series Fish Out Of Water. She is proud to have been a part of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Marketing team, the VIFF Industry team and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s team. She is a Women In the Director’s Chair alumna, as well as former President of WIFT-Alberta.
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. Rita has appeared in the documentary VIVA BENGALI and several short films. 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.