About Pavan

Pavan (pronounced “Pav-in”) Moondi is a writer/director based in Toronto. He has written and directed three feature films. The first two (EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY and DIAMOND TONGUES) are available on Netflix and the third, SUNDOWNERS (2017), co-stars comedian Tim Heidecker and was released in Canada in August 2017 (with the US release to come in late 2017). The film was financed by Telefilm Canada and will be distributed in the US by The Orchard and Factory 25. It was shot primarily in Santa Marta, Colombia.

Pavan’s previous film, DIAMOND TONGUES, generated significant press and critical acclaim (currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes) while garnering a Canadian Screen Award nomination for its first-time actress star, Leah Fay Goldstein of the band JULY TALK.

It is one of the rare Canadian films available on Netflix Canada and has been steadily building its audience here and abroad, including in the US where it was released theatrically via boutique indie distributor Factory 25 and is currently available on Fandor; and in Europe, through regular rotation on the Sundance Channel.

In 2016, Pavan also directed all 8 episodes of a CBC TV single camera sitcom – FOUR IN THE MORNING.

He is currently working in the writers’ room on the hit CBC series SCHITT’S CREEK (starring Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy) while developing his fourth feature film and a television series that he has co-written and will direct.

Sundowners

SUNDOWNERS is the third feature film from Pavan Moondi, who served as writer, director and editor.

The film stars stand-up comedian and Comedy Cellar regular Phil Hanley and musician Luke Lalonde (Born Ruffians) – both making their acting debuts – and incredibly influential comedian/actor, Tim Heidecker (TIM & ERIC, THE COMEDY).

SUNDOWNERS was filmed primarily in Santa Marta, Colombia and supported by Telefilm Canada. The film was released at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in August 2017 and is now available on iTunes Canada. It will be distributed in the US in late 2017 by The Orchard and Factory 25.

A private screener link is available upon request.

For more information, including press coverage and news, visit: www.sundownersfilm.com

Four in the Morning

In 2016, Pavan Moondi directed the entire first season of the CBC TV series, FOUR IN THE MORNING.

The 8-episode series, which takes place at 4 a.m., was shot over the course of 25 days consisting primarily of over-night shoots shot entirely on location.

The comedy/sci-fi series starred Lola Tash, Michelle Mylett (Letterkenny), Daniel Maslany, and Mazin Elsadig and was written and created by Ira Parker.

You can see a short trailer for the series here

Diamond Tongues

Diamond Tongues is a feature film written by Pavan Moondi and directed by Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson. Moondi also edited the film and served as a producer.

Diamond Tongues premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival to rave reviews and was subsequently distributed in the US by boutique indie distributor Factory 25 – who have previously released films by Joe Swanberg, Alex Ross Perry and Rick Alverson. The film was released theatrically in Winter 2016 in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco following an extremely successful theatrical release in Canada via Mongrel Media in August 2015 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Diamond Tongues stars Leah Goldstein of the popular indie rock band July Talk. The first time actress was nominated for Best Actress at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards for her performance.

The film is currently available on Netflix & iTunes in Canada and Fandor & Vimeo in the USA.

For more information, including all press coverage and reviews, visit: www.diamondtongues.com

Everyday Is Like Sunday

Everyday Is Like Sunday is a micro-budget feature film produced by Emmy and Canadian Screen Award winning production company, iThentic.

The film was directed by Pavan Moondi; written by Pavan Moondi and Michael Sloane; and produced by Brian Robertson and Pavan Moondi.

Everyday Is Like Sunday was released theatrically in Toronto on August 16th, 2013 to critical acclaim from major national news outlets including the National Post and Toronto Star. The film was subsequently acquired for Canadian distribution by Mongrel Media and is currently available on Netflix Canada.

For more information, visit:
www.everydayislikesunday.tv

The Seventh Art

The Seventh Art is a Toronto-based video magazine about cinema featuring long-form video interviews with prominent filmmakers. Pavan is a founding producer, and acted as a director and editor for the video magazine.

The Seventh Art eventually expanded to run a popular Live Directors Series; work in conjunction with The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and numerous international DVD distributors; and conduct ground-breaking, innovative coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival.

For more information and to view the 70+ hour library of video content, visit:
www.theseventhart.org

Interview: A Lot Like Going on Tour – TIFF.net

Actor Luke Lalonde and Director Pavan Moondi discuss their anti-wedding movie Sundowners, and the destination shoot in Colombia that almost killed them

Review: Sundowners serves up low key pleasures – NOW Magazine

Sundowners knows its heroes are dolts – inept with women, sloppy with their equipment, terrible at arranging wake-up calls. They’re doofuses but at least they’re trying, so we root for them to carve out one tiny victory somewhere, even though we know that’s probably not going to happen. But we can still laugh.

The Orchard and Factory 25 Team for Tim Heidecker Comedy, Sundowners

The Orchard and Factory 25 has announced that they will partner for the comedy Sundowners starring Tim Heidecker (The Comedy, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie). The Orchard has acquired the U.S. and U.K. digital rights while Factory 25 has stepped up and will release the film theatrically in the U.S.

Interview: Why Sundowners – the kind of Cancon the industry needs – was so hard to get made

Despite this being Moondi’s third feature after two widely acclaimed projects (2015’s Diamond Tongues, 2014’s Everyday is Like Sunday), a solid reputation in an absurdly small industry, and a daring and fresh voice that’s the perfect antidote to decades of Cancon gripes, it is a minor miracle that Sundowners got made at all.

Review: Sundowners is a captivating, subversive blend of genres – The Globe and Mail

The vacation-gone-awry movie is a tried-and-tested formula. Ditto the bros-being-bros film. But when writer-director Pavan Moondi (Diamond Tongues) decided to combine the two genres with his new comedy Sundowners, he created something deliberately awkward and bravely subversive.

Diamond Tongues Review – Chicago Scene

“As much as I appreciate the bluesy style that July Talk brings to the Toronto alternative rock scene, I’m now convinced that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if they were to go on indefinite hiatus tomorrow. If for nothing else, it would mean that Leah Goldstein could continue her acting career. Diamond Tongues gives her an opportunity to showcase her talents outside of music, and she absolutely knocks it out of the park…”

Filmmaker Magazine: Q&A on Diamond Tongues, working with Tim Heidecker, and shooting quickly in Toronto

A Q&A with Filmmaker Magazine on the eve of Diamond Tongues’ US theatrical release. This Q&A was conducted via e-mail during the production of SUNDOWNERS in Colombia.

Diamond Tongues Review – The New York Times

“DIAMOND TONGUES, an alternately sweet and slashing microbudget comedy from Canada, makes a great vehicle for Leah Goldstein, a musician and performance artist appearing in her first movie. As Edith, an aspiring actress who seems blind to her deficits and personal flaws, Ms. Goldstein gives a performance that requires her to swing between disarming and loathsome. She demonstrates impressive skill in slowly peeling away her character’s charm…”

Diamond Tongues Review – Slant Magazine

“The film purposely indulges Hollywood formula only to subvert it, intent on allowing its main character to organically, if excruciatingly, find her own way out of life’s quagmire…”

Diamond Tongues Review – National Post

“As much as anything, this is a film that has heard every excuse about why life isn’t working out quite the way you want, been told all the just-so stories of the clever and talented whom the world has failed to recognize. Even if you’re right about the world, Diamond Tongues seems to be saying you still have to find a way to live in it. The saving grace is that trying is all that is necessary…”

Diamond Tongues Review – The Globe & Mail

“Goldstein…is excellent in the role, rendering Edith’s monstrous ambition with relatable (and frequently terrifying) conviction. At bars and parties, Edith mingles with more successful peers as jealousy begins to manifest itself, sociopathically, as sabotage. The result suggests All About Eve by way of The King of Comedy: contempt and envy reign and the threat of disaster closely follows…”

Diamond Tongues Review – Toronto Star

“Thanks to [Leah] Goldstein’s performance and a smart screenplay that knows its subject well — the life of struggling thespians — it’s a film of dark wit and uncommon depth…”

Interview for Diamond Tongues – The Globe and Mail

An interview with the Diamond Tongues team – Pavan Moondi, Brian Robertson and actress Leah Goldstein – for The Globe and Mail on the eve of its Toronto theatrical release..

Diamond Tongues Review – Toronto Sun

“This could be the springboard for a Hollywood story about an indefatigable optimist who finally finds herself, an ultimately feel-good movie wrapped around its charismatic lead.

But it isn’t. Diamond Tongues has been reviewed at hipster meccas like Slamdance as a kind of indie/millennial All About Eve – mostly because Edith isn’t very nice behind her smile, and she actively sabotages other people’s careers, including that of her best friend…”

Pavan Moondi’s True Gem (Interview) – NOW Magazine

An interview with Norm Wilner of the Toronto’s NOW MAGAZINE.

Diamond Tongues Review – NOW Magazine

“Rating: NNNN

Pavan Moondi’s script is sharp and thoughtful, and he and co-director Brian Robertson create a terrific sense of place, bouncing around their downtown locations with just the right level of now-what exasperation…”

Diamond Tongues Review – Consequence of Sound

“Edith responds to this by embarking on a listless downward spiral, leaving terrible reviews for her frenemies online, masturbating to fantasies of being massively famous, and generally failing to get her demo reel or her shit together. Shot almost entirely in shaky close-ups that capture the claustrophobic quality of Toronto’s art scene (I live on the outskirts of said scene, I can vouch for the verisimilitude), it’s perversely fascinating to watch, and it’s a testament to filmmakers Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson’s script and Goldstein’s completely un-self-conscious performance that Edith never once tempts the viewer’s pity or schadenfreude…”

Diamond Tongues Review – Hollywood Reporter

“Indie films usually depict aspiring actors in such noble terms that it’s refreshing to encounter Diamond Tongues, about a struggling actress who’s as unlikeable as she is compelling. Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson’s feature which recently received its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival resembles a modern-day All About Eve in its portrait of its lead character Edith Welland (Leah Goldstein), who descends into a downward spiral of destructive behavior, directed at both herself and others, in her desperate attempt to make it in an unforgiving industry…”

Diamond Tongues Review – indieWIRE

“[This] Toronto-set drama intrigues by how unlikeable they are willing to make Edith. While indie cinema has no shortage of protagonists that are relentless assholes (see last year’s “Listen Up, Philip”), rarely are they women, and even more, it’s not often they are as complexly drawn as Edith….“Diamond Tongues” isn’t your standard movie about making it, instead, it’s about what happens when everyone else does and you’re left behind…”