Credits

DIRECTING

FILM

KAALI KHUHI (THE BLACK WELL) Horror Feature, 2019. - A Netflix Original Film. Manomay Pictures.

ICE CREAM WALLAH, Narrative Short, 2017 - Jessie, troubled and pissed, has just lost her father to suicide. That’s when she meets his boyfriend, Sean.

KUNJO, Narrative Short, 2009 - In a rural village in Punjab, India, betrayal complicates the burgeoning friendship of two girls from across the class divide when the local school holds a playwriting competition. 

A SHORT TALE OF XUAN, 16mm Short, 2007 - A coming of age story about a young introspective Vietnamese girl from an immigrant family who finds wonder in collecting little stories. Mixture of live action and animation.

COMMERCIAL

PLANNED PARENTHOOD - STORIES OF CARE. NO MATTER WHAT (video series)  10 documentary shorts. Filmed in North & South Carolina for their national 100 year anniversary campaign, 2016

Watch the 10 part series here PLANNED PARENTHOOD - STORIES OF CARE. NO MATTER WHAT

MUSIC VIDEOS

OM - STATE OF NON-RETURN, Music Video, 2012 - First video for legendary psychedelic doom metal band OM, Song “State of Non-Return” Album “Adviatic Songs” Drag City Records.

Watch here OM - STATE OF NON-RETURN

CLAIRE HOLLEY - O COME O COME, Music Video, 2013 - Video for singer/songwriter Claire Holley. 

SCREENWRITING

Features and Episodic

KAALI KHUHI (The Black Well), Feature Screenplay. Co-written with David Walter Lech. Manomay Motion Pictures. One of 8 narrative projects selected for the 2018 Sundance Women's Financing Intensive

THE BALLAD OF POOJA, EPISODE 1, 1 hour drama pilot.  Currently attached to Pilgrim a Lionsgate Company

ME, MY MOM & SHARMILA, Feature Adapted Screenplay.  SFFILM 2018 Screenwriting Fellowship Grantee, 2018 Inside Out Financing Lab

WESTERN INTERIOR SEAWAY, Feature Screenplay. Co-Written with David Walter Lech

JOB CLUB, 1 HOUR TV Pilot. Co-Written with David Walter Lech

TOWN BLOODY HALL, Feature Adapted Screenplay. Co-Written with David Walter Lech.

POOJA'S HONOR, Feature Screenplay. Co-written with David Walter Lech

BETAMAX, Feature Screenplay. Co-written with David Walter Lech

THE BLOOD BELOW, 1 Hour TV Pilot Finalist for the Fox Screenwriter's Lab

 

Accolades

Sundance Women's Financing Intensive Fellow, 2018

SFFILM Screenwriting Fellow for ME, MY MOM & SHARMILA, 2018

Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab Fellow for BETAMAX, 2013

Princess Grace Award Fellow, 2010

National Geographic Grant Awardee, 2008

WRITER'S GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST, Independent Writer's Caucus Member

 

Short Screenplays

THE HAIKU OF POOJA, 2016

ICE CREAM WALLAH, 2016

KUNJO, 2009

A SHORT TALE OF XUAN,  2006

 

PRODUCING

ICE CREAM WALLAH - PRODUCER, Brother Bear Sister Wolf, Narrative Short, Los Angeles, CA. 

CHAKSHOO - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, Oliphant Films, Narrative Short, Chakshoo, India and Los Angeles, CA. 2014

AARTI - PRODUCER, Brother Bear Sister Wolf, Documentary Short, India & Los Angeles, 2014

OM - STATE OF NON RETURN, PRODUCER, Drag City Records/Brother Bear Sister Wolf, Music Video, Portland, OR. 2012

GRAND CAFE - ASSISTANT PRODUCER, MEDIA FACTORY, Educational Series, Oakland, CA. 2009

MITSEIN - PRODUCTION COORDINATOR - Mitsein Productions, 35mm Narrative Feature, San Francisco, CA 2009

PUSH ON - PRODUCER - 16mm Narrative Short, San Francisco, CA 2009

KUNJO - PRODUCER, Brother Bear Sister Wolf, Narrative Short, Punjab, India & San Francisco, CA. 2008 - 2009

FULL GROWN MEN - ASSISTANT PRODUCER, Grottofilms, 35mm Narrative Feature, San Francisco, CA 2006-2008

A SHORT TALE OF XUAN - PRODUCER, Brother Bear Sister Wolf, 16mm Narrative Short, San Francisco, CA. 2007

BLOODLINES - PRODUCER’S ASSISTANT, Saul Zaentz Film Center - 35mm Narrative Feature, Berkeley CA. 2004

 

AWARDS & SCREENINGS

ICE CREAM WALLAH

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Guanajuato International Film Festival, (Director's Cut Premiere)

Filmi - Toronto South Asian Film Festival 2016

MISAFF - Canada 2016

ArtWallah Film Festival, Los Angeles 2017

 

KUNJO

Princess Grace Award Winner, 2009

National Geographic All Roads Seed Project, Grant Recipient, 2007

WINNER - BEST NARRATIVE SHORT, Athens International Film Festival (Oscar Qualifier), 2009

WINNER - BEST SHORT FILM, AUDIENCE CHOICE, Indian Film Festival of LA 2010 

WINNER - WAKE UP TO JUSTICE AWARD, Angelus Student Film Festival, 2010

FINALIST - USA Film Festival, Dallas, TX, 2009

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Creteil International Women's Film Festival, France, 2009

Mill Valley Film Festival, 2009

Regent Park Film Festival, 2009

Oxford International Film Festival, 2009

Nashville International Film Festival, 2010

National Geographic All Roads Film Festival, 2010

Mendocino Film Festival, 2010

Third i South Asian Independent Film Festival, 2010

San Francisco Women's Film Festival, 2010

San Francisco International Asian Film Festival, 2011

 

A SHORT TALE OF XUAN

WINNER - BEST LOCAL VOICE, San Francisco Women’s Film Festival, 2007

BROADCAST on PBS’ “Video i” 2008

San Francisco State University GUTMAN AWARD, Best Experimental Narrative Short, 2007

San Francisco State University FOTOKEM AWARD, Grant Recipient, 2006

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Expression en Corto (Guanajuato Film Festival), Mexico 2007

National Museum of Women in the Arts Film Festival, Washington D.C. 2007

Taos Shortz Film Festival, New Mexico, 2007

Austin Asian Film Festival, Texas, 2007

Los Angeles Children's Film Festival, 2007

San Diego Women's Film Festival, 2007

DC APA Film Festival, Washington, D.C. 2007

Boulder Asian Film Festival, Colorado, 2007

Women of Color Film Festival 2007, Berkeley, 2007

REEL Women International Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2008

International Film Festival, Mexico, 2008

AFIA International Film Festival, Denmark 2008

 

FESTIVAL

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING, Sundance Film Festival, 2016

HEAD PROGRAMMER, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 2012 & 2013

SPONSORSHIP & MARKETING MANAGER, Slamdance Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA. 2010 - 2012

PROGRAMMER, Slamdance Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA 2010-2012

PROGRAMMER, Mill Valley Film Festival, CA. 2006 - 2007, 2017

SCREENER, Los Angeles Film Festival 2016

 

EDUCATION

MFA IN CINEMA - San Francisco State University, GPA 3.90, 2010

BA IN COMMUNICATION, EMPHASIS IN FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION - Sonoma State University 2001

 

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