Go North is a short film written and directed by Vanita Shastry and starring Sheetal Sheth. A suspenseful, psychological drama with elements of fantasy and the supernatural, Go North centers around a young woman who begins to lose her sanity while escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Frightened and in shock, Riya descends the stairs of the World Trade Center’s north tower on 9/11. She and her good friend Miriam stay together, moving at a quick pace. Suddenly, as if in a dream, Riya finds herself transported to her parents’ house – it’s days later, and she survived the attacks. As Riya reflects on the enormity of the trauma and tries to get her bearings, she comes face-to-face with the ghost of Miriam, who did not survive the attacks. Suddenly Riya is transported back to the stairwell in the World Trade Center, with Miriam by her side, alive and well.
As Riya shifts between these two separate realities, she questions her own sanity and desperately tries to comprehend how she survived the attacks while Miriam perished, despite being inseparable in the stairwell.
Vanita Shastry is a filmmaker based in New York City. She recently attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where she received her MFA in film directing. Go North is her thesis film.
Vanita was born in India but grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania starting at the age of one. She studied Industrial Engineering at Columbia University and later got her MBA from New York University.
Vanita has always been drawn to music performance and the arts, and after working in the corporate world for several years, she decided to pursue filmmaking, her true passion. While at UCLA, Vanita wrote, directed and edited four short films. She was also awarded several Teacher Assistantships and financial grants, including the prestigious DGA John Frankenheimer Memorial Fellowship (2013).
Vanita is currently developing her first feature film.