Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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Chithra Jeyaram, Founder & Creative Director @RealTalkies

Media plays an important role in promoting public knowledge and perceptions. As a filmmaker, I am compelled to communicate the reality of life as it unfolds focussing on nuances that cannot be dwelled upon or deliberated in mass media. Through my films I hope to break barriers, build bridges, change attitudes and take risks. One learns the rope of life by untying knots. LIfe is full of challenges and such challenges validate life. Some people live the story and I am honored to share it with the rest of the world. I feel the responsibility, and urgent need to tell  stories and memories that last a life time.

My first exposure to filmmaking began in 2004 with a failed attempt to fund a film about an explosive water-sharing dispute between two southern states in India. Deeply affected by that experience, I quit a decade-long career as a Physical Therapist and enrolled in film school. Now, I am the founder and creative director of “Real Talkies” a boutique production house in Maryland.

Facebook Page for Real Talkies  We make memorable films at Real Talkies. Real Stories. Lasting Impressions! People crave authentic stories and we deliver it. We make real impactful films for a global community of citizens, activists, non-profits, organizations and socially conscious businesses.

Facebook Page for Mijo and Foreign Puzzle


2012 – Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Your World View Documentary grant for “Mijo”

2011 – Dance Films Association’s post production grant for “Foreign Puzzle”

2011 – Pic Wagner Award

2009 – Dina Sherzer Award for Social Awareness for “Refugee Musings”

2003 – Mahatma Gandhi Travel Scholarship Award


MIJO (2011) a 10 minute short doc.

SYNOPSIS: Mijo (My Son) is an evocative portrayal of a mother and child’s intimate relationship in the midst of life altering medical events.

Mijo is  a vignette from “Foreign Puzzle”, a feature length documentary. It is currently in the festival circuit. The film has received an amazing reception so far.

Awards for MIJO

2nd Place, Best Documentary Award, Moving Media Student Film Festival, Detroit, Michigan, USA, June 2012
Silver Ace Award, Las Vegas International Film Festival, Las Vegas, USA June 2012
Best Short Documentary Award, 21st Arizona International Film Festival, Tucson, Arizona, USA, April 2012
Audience Award, 4th Wallabout Film Festival, Brooklyn, New York, USA April 2012
Best Documentary Award, 45th Humboldt Film Festival, Arcata, California, USA April 2012
Best Student Documentary Award, 4th Sene Film and Music Film Festival, Providence, Rhode Island, USA April 2012
Best Student Documentary Award, 17th International Family Film Festival, Burbank, California, USA, March 2012
Best Student Film, Pennine Film Festival, Lancashire, UK,  March 2012
Best Documentary Award, Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival, Cambridge, UK, February 2012
3rd Place Short Documentary Award, Winnipeg Film Festival, Manitoba, Canada February 2012
Best of Show Award, 21st Rosebud Film and Video Festival, Arlington, VA, USA Nov 2011
Second Place Best Short Film Award, James River Shorts, Richmond, VA, USA Nov 2011


Nominated Best Documentary, Long Island International Film Expo, June 2012

Honorable Mention, Rochester International Film Festival, April 2012

Finalist, 4th Breast Fest Film Festival Online Contest, Toronto, CA. September 2011

Nominated Best Documentary, 9th Super Shorts International Film Festival, London, UK Dec 2011


Doc Utah, St. George, Utah, September 2012

7th Docufest, Atlanta, September 2012

Vegas Cine Fest, Las Vegas, September 2012

Fear No Film, Utah Arts Festival, Utah, June 2012

2nd Outbox International Short Film Festival, Beirut, Lebanon, June 2012

Rainer Independent Film Festival, Ashord, WA, June 2012

Mexico International Film Festival, Mexico, May 2012

13th Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, California, May 2012

UT LongHron Showcase, Austin, Texas, May 2012

12th Cape Fear Independent Film Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina, April 2012

13th Newport Beach International FIlm Festival, Newport, California, April 2012

River Side Film Festival, California, April 2012

7th Sunscreen Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida, April 2012

13th Barebones International Film Festival, Muskogee, Oklahoma, April 2012

39th Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio, April 2012

11th Annual River Bend Film Festival, Edwardsburg, Michigan, April 2012

16th Annual Kansas City Film Fest, Kansas, Missouri, April 2012

11th Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival, Dekalb, Illnois, April 2012

7th European Independent Film Festival, Paris, France, March 2012

2nd Green Bay Film Festival, Green Bay, Wisconsin, March 2012

AFS Showcase at SXSW, Austin, Texas, March 2012

4th Talking Pictures Film Festival, Evanston, Illinois, March 2012

15th Aunual George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, Florence, Alabama, Feb 2012

1st Mix International Short Film Festival, Richmond, Virginia Feb 2012

15th Magnolia Independent Film Festival, Starkville, Mississippi, Feb 2012

5th Annual Thin Line Film Festival, Denton, Texas, Feb 2012

On the edge film festival, International Falls, Minnesota, Jan 2012

Weyauwega International Film, Weyauwega, WI November 2011

Breastfest online short film contest, Canada, September 2011


FOREIGN PUZZLE : debut feature length documentary. (Anticipated Release 2013)

 If you like MIJO you are very likely to love Foreign Puzzle. Like us on “THE FOREIGN PUZZLE” FACEBOOK PAGE  to get updates on the project.

“Since that day, I walk around in the world disguised as Sharon. The eyes I see with belong to someone I do not know, and my body is a foreign puzzle with missing pieces. Every day I am newly surprised by the decimation of what my life once was”. – Sharon Marroquin.

Confronted with her mortality, angered and frustrated over her inability to handle the disintegration of her body, Sharon Marroquin, begins to consciously deal with it through art and decides to create a dance called “Materiality of Impermanence”. Through the creation of the dance, Sharon escapes to another realm that is not confined by physical limitations, disease, childrearing, teaching and running a home. Foreign Puzzle is a documentation of Sharon’s journey to heal and reclaim her self after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Articles about Foreign Puzzle on realtalkies:


MARCH 2011

JUNE 2011

JAN 2012

SILK SKIRT: A Short Animated Film, Writer/Director. (Anticipated Release 2014)

SYNOPSIS: “Silk Skirt” is the story of a little girl Nila in a small town in Southern India who gets the prettiest silk skirt for Diwali in 1984. A skirt that would lift her of the floor if she spun fast enough. A week later, when she was at her uncle’s house and she saw a television for the first time. And on TV was the news of Indira’s (the first female Prime Minister of India) assassination and her funeral. Unfortunately, Nila’s family was gathered in her uncle’s house to bid farewell to her very ill uncle. The film takes us through Nila’s memories of her beloved uncle, his death and events that follow. It is a coming of age story of a little girl who learns about life, death and beyond.

THE SILK SKIRT DIARY is a blog where we chronicle the making of Silk Skirt.


DRAFTED (5min), NON-FICTION, EDITOR 2010 Winner: Second Place in an editing contest.

VOCES ORAL HISTORY PROJECT provided several WW II veteran interviews to choose from. I picked a two hour long interview of Mr John Walls – What a life and what a man! It was an honor to edit and work on this project. I had spent the summer of 2010 at the National Archives in Washington D.C. collecting film reels from 1940s. I obtained a lot of archival material needed to edit this project from National Archives and

I enjoy structuring and stringing non-fiction stories. If you have an audio-visual non-fiction story and need an editor contact me.


This was my first independent documentary Film. The film could be a lot better technically but it has its heart in the right place. I love sharing stories of every day people doing extraordinary things. In this film, Tom and Judy (from Austin, Texas) made fresh juice for 30 years in their nature friendly, small scale business. The FDA imposed corporate juice regulations that forced them to shut their juice operation. The film played in a few festivals in the USA, Portugal and is available online.


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