The Odd Couple
A story of two triathletes
The short documentary “The Odd Couple: A Story of Two Triathletes” is an inspirational tale of two triathletes, each with their own set of challenges. Jeff is a below the knee amputee and an Ironman finisher while Parvin, a follower of the Sikh faith struggles to find a balance between maintaining identity and the rigors of training to be an athlete. Contrasting their challenges, the documentary honestly explores the similarities in their motivation. Ironically both chose their challenges – Jeff is an amputee by choice and Parvin is Sikh by choice.
The movie is an attempt to bring to light Jeff and Parvin’s inspiring friendship and their positive attitude to achieve their dream of being a triathlete despite their daily struggles. The film transcends cultural and demographic barriers and has a universal appeal in how we all can overcome our own challenges. Indeed, Harleen, a debutant filmmaker, was inspired to complete the entire movie while she was pregnant with her first baby.
Equality between two humans of different cultures, race and ethnicity is captured through the cinematic lens.
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Original Music by Ryan Spratt
The awesome team behind The Odd Couple
EDITOR : EDMONDO TINETTIMy first film project was a short called ‘If The Walls Could Talk….’ About six magically disturbed chairs. I shot it digitally in 1997 when digital media was just emerging using tapes to record. I was hooked on all the promises the digital age was predicting which led me to becoming a digital editor in 2003. In 2011 “Behind the Bush” Short Documentary won at Scarycow Film Festival in San Francisco for best short documentary and was the official selection for Sonoma International Film Festival in April 2011.
In 2013 I worked on “What’s the T?” documentary as a colorist. It can be currently seen on Hulu Plus and has won Festival Favorite at the Cinema Diverse Film Festival 2013 in Palm Springs, CA.
“The biggest challenge was to do justice to the Sikh faith and make it accessible to an audience and that is why by using an athlete to represent how there can be a balance between your everyday life and your faith was a brilliant choice. Parvin, the film’s main character is just an average guy but the way he lives his life is inspiring.”
ORIGINAL MUSIC: RYAN SPRATTRyan Spratt is a composer working in San Francisco. He started composing on his father’s Atari ST circa 1989. From there, he cultivated a double life as a classically trained band nerd during the day and a Grunge rock iconoclast in his own mind later in the day. His work has evolved with technology and he is now well equipped to express himself in a wide variety of styles, specializing in cinematic, ambient, electronic and indie.
“What attracted me to this project was that it is about how we all have challenges, in our lives, that can be overcome no matter where we come from or what our situation. Parvin’s story is filled with very universal themes but is unlike anything I have seen in a documentary before. I was very excited by Harleen, Aman and the whole team’s passion and enthusiasm to get this project going from the very start.”