2009 Valley Christian Alumnus Aneesh Chaganty is enjoying the Hollywood spotlight this month with the release of "Searching," a movie he directed and co-wrote. The drama is his debut feature, which he calls "a classic thriller told in an unconventional way. It's classic because a dad is looking for his daughter. Unconventional? He does most of his searching on her laptop."
The film won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018. Aneesh co-wrote it with his USC film school friend Sev Ohanian.
The movie is currently playing locally at Oakridge Century 20 theatres. It is rated PG-13.
"Searching" Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ro9ebQxEOY
While at Valley Christian, Aneesh was active in the Theatre Department. His final appearance on the Skyway stage was as a Constable, a worker, and Feuilly in the 2009 production of "Les Miserables."
In 2014, Aneesh created a career-launching 2 1/2-minute short which was shot entirely on Google Glass, at a moment when the search giant "was trying to prove Glass was a filmmaking tool," says Chaganty. He then was asked to join the prestigious "Google Five," a select group of talented young people who spend two years at the Google Creative Lab in New York developing, writing and directing Google commercials.