Through his Red and Tan Productions company, producer Sarju Patel recently announced that principal photography has commenced here on his latest feature film, “Life Tracker.”
Written and directed by Joe McClean, and starring Matt Dallas, Rebecca Marshall and Barry Finnegan, the movie takes place in the near future when a new device has emerged to detect the time of death of every man’s life through DNA analysis. A modern day palm reader, the device ignites fear and paranoia throughout the world.
The film follows an aspiring filmmaker, Dillon (Finnegan), who chronicles the hysteria and stumbles upon the mystery behind Life Tracker Limited, the company behind the device. With the help of his friends, Scott (Dallas) and Bell (Marshall), they embark on a thrilling journey to find the real story behind the science, testing their friendship and faith along the way, said a press release.
Executive produced by Baron Davis and Marshall, the film is co-produced by Debbie Vandermeulen, with Jeremy Weiss as director of photography.
Patel studied film and philosophy at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied all aspects of filmmaking, from writing and directing to technical skills like camera operating and sound recording.
Upon graduation, Patel immediately became involved with independent films and documentaries. Using his technical experience, he worked as sound recordist on the features “Senses of Place” and “7 to 10 Days” and as camera operator on the award-winning short form documentary “Curtis.”
Gaining experience on set, the Indian American began assistant directing and line producing as he did on the feature “Vanaja” shot on location in Andhra Pradesh. The film was nominated for two Independent Spirit awards.
His love for movies brought him to Los Angeles in 2005, where he started Red and Tan Productions with Joe McClean.
They immediately began working on their own projects. Patel directed, produced and the indie features “That Fall” and “Travesty,” which was later nominated for Best Dramatic Short Film and Best Actor in a Short Film.
While working on their own projects, Patel also works at various commercial production companies as coordinator.