A cross-cultural comedy created by Red Deer College students is up for two Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association awards.
The short film My Hubby Raj was nominated in two categories — for Best Student Production and Best Editing. “I’m very pleased — and I hope to win,” said Colin Gomez, who co-wrote the script with Julie Debejak.
If the East-meets-West comedy does land a 2009 AMPIA Rosie Award, it will be the second winning collaboration for Debejak and Gomez.
Debejak wrote Caffeine Infidelity, which won last year’s Best Student Production Award, and Gomez produced the film.
My Hubby Raj is about a Canadian girl who marries into an eccentric East Indian family. A landlord of Chinese descent plays into the film’s plot — which is par for the course for Gomez, who comes from a multi-racial background.
Born in Singapore, Gomez is of East Indian and Portuguese ancestry and is married to a Chinese woman.
He said My Hubby Raj started out as his thesis project while he was in the Red Deer College’s Motion Picture Arts program, but has since gained some local popularity.
It was shown in the Reel Movie Mondays film series, and is expected to be aired on TV by Shaw Cable.
The AMPIA awards ceremony takes place on May 2 in Edmonton.