Land of gold film writer, director and actor Nardeep Khurmi has signed with Rain for management in all areas.
The move follows Khurmi winning the $1 million AT&T Untold Stories award after pitching his film concept at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. That win spawned his debut film. Land of gold a guaranteed spot at the 2022 Tribeca festival, streaming on HBO Max and mentorship.
After the premiere in Tribeca, Land of gold won a Jury Award at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Festival. The film tells the story of Kiran – played by Khurmi – a first-generation Punjabi trucker and anxious father-to-be, who encounters Elena, a 10-year-old undocumented Mexican-American, during a cross-country trip.
As Kiren helps Elena find her way home, the unlikely couple connect over a shared history and changing expectations of what family really is. Khurmi’s debut feature film was filmed at Cherokee Nation’s Oklahoma studios and soundstage.
The AT&T Untold Stories pitch competition aims to support and fund filmmakers from underrepresented communities who want to tell new and fresh stories. In addition to the $1 million prize, Tribeca and WarnerMedia worked closely with Khurmi, overseeing production throughout the filming process.
AT&T and Tribeca also supported the filmmaker in submitting awards, qualifying screenings and promotions for the film.