Bangladeshi/American heritage and who live just two blocks from yours truly here in Jackson Heights, Queens -- the answer is a resounding yes. Written, produced and directed by Ranju & Sanjit Majumdar (shown below: That's Ranju on the right), with Sanjit editing and taking the starring role and Ranju doing the cinematog-raphy and music, the film is resolutely Do-It-Yourself film-making.
Christopher Thompson-- and there is almost no comparison between the Majumdars' DIY and Thompson's glossy, (relatively) high-budget movie. The latter, after all, comes from a family of moviemakers and has worked in professional film as actor and writer for much of his life. Our twin newcomers are DIY on the most non-professional level -- which makes their accomplishment all the more surprising.
Ryan Lewis, below) as his backup. From that point onwards, the nonsense keeps building.
I learn that, although there is an enormous Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani community here in Jackson Heights, Sanjit has only recently moved here. (He has relatives in the neighbohood.) He and his brother originally grew up in New Jersey suburbs, where, he tells me, racism was prevalent and almost second-nature, a fact that impacts to a large degree the leading character of his movie.
"Ranju goes off and designs the music while I color-correct the film. We usually agree on everything because we share the same cinema culture and usually love and hate the same movies. It is difficult to explain, but I know I wouldn't be able to accomplish anything without my twin and he wouldn't be able to accomplish anything without me. We both worked out the script together. But brother works with the plot points and beats and I try to expand on characters and dialog. But even those duties switch many times a day."
TrustMovies usually waits until after he has viewed someone's film before he agrees to meet, and now he better understands why. When you meet and like someone initially, as I did this young filmmaker, it becomes harder to be honest with your opinion about his film. You like him, and so you want to like his movie. And though he tells you to be brutally honest, which Sanjit indeed did, you know he is still hoping for the best. And so I now feel like someone who has stuck a shiv into a friend's back.