KU College Stories | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Steven Spielberg released his first full-length film at the age of 25. Hitchcock made his debut at 26. Ishan Parikh, a film & media studies major and business minor at KU, just launched his third feature during his junior year.
The concept for “Ego,” which released on YouTube in November 2019, had been simmering in Ishan’s mind since high school. But the logistics of developing the movie, which features a complex story with interweaving plot points, from scratch – assembling a cast, securing funding, and a myriad of other production challenges – had left plans of tackling the project just out of reach.
Then years later as a student in the College, Ishan found resources and mentorship that soon opened doors to new opportunities for creative partnerships and helped bring “Ego” to life. Now, he has received a $950 Arts Research Grant from the The School of the Arts Student Advisory Board to green-light a new project titled “Rainbow Boulevard.”
Where are you from? And why did you decide to come to KU?
I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and am from there. I decided to come to KU because it was close to home, and I had heard the film program here was great and provided a sizable experience for students.
Why did you choose your major and minor?
From a very early age I always loved films and their ability to entertain. I can’t remember the exact moment, but from very early on I decided that I wanted to be a movie director because I was fascinated by the job and all its responsibilities, and so from there on, I made films in high school with friends and did my best to develop my craft, and the journey has basically led me here. Read more