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A New “Search” Query for Chaganty, Ohanian & Qasabian Trio (EXCLUSIVE)

In our sit down at Sundance with the Search team comprised of writer-director Aneesh Chaganty, co-writer and producer Sev Ohanian and producer Natalie Qasabian, IONCINEMA has learned exclusively that the trio will be re-teaming on a new feature film project. While they have a multitude of projects in development, for their next feature outing they’ll once again be working within the framework of the thriller genre. The project came about during the lengthy post production process for Search, which was acquired by the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions during the festival. We imagine the trio will take on similar functions on this new venture.

Gist: This is described as a thriller, and a completely different IPO than Search , this will focus on the family dynamic/parent and child relationship.

Worth Noting: Natalie Qasabian appeared twice on our Most Anticipated American Indie film projects for 2018 with Miguel Arteta’s Duck Butter (#16) and Eva Vives’ All About Nina (#60).

Do We Care?: Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and the NEXT Audience Award, Search has certainly showcased the trio’s creativity within a vessel of modernity, and it might be a perfect technological companion piece to Search producer Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile, which had its film fest berth in Berlin. We could easily see the trio go into production this year, riding on the success of Search which could receive further film fest playdates before theatrical release.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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