Terrie Samundra is a Writer/Director who grew up between a rural village in India, a small farming town in Missouri, and along the coast of California; informing her work as a multi-cultural artist. Her debut feature, KAALI KHUHI (THE BLACK WELL), is a Netflix Original Film that will premiere on the platform in 2020. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute | Mumbai Mantra Screenwriter's Lab for her screenplay BETAMAX, co-written with David Walter Lech, and KAALI KHUHI was invited to the Sundance Women in Film Financing Lab in 2018.
Samundra is the Writer/Director of the short films KUNJO, ICE CREAM WALLAH, and A SHORT TALE OF XUAN, which have all played internationally and garnered many awards. In making KUNJO, Samundra fulfilled one of her life’s goals by making a collaborative film in the village she was raised in Punjab, India. The film won Best Narrative Short at the Academy nominating Athens International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Indian Film Festival of LA, and was the first film to win the “Wake Up To Justice” Award at the Angelus Film Festival, an award geared toward films addressing social justice issues. In 2016, she was hired to create 10 short documentaries for Planned Parenthood's 'Stories of Care' series, to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the organization.
Along with her creative partner, David Walter Lech, she has penned the screenplays KAALI KHUHI, BETAMAX, WOMAN ON THE HILL, WESTERN INTERIOR SEAWAY, and the adaptation TOWN BLOODY HALL (based on the Pennebaker documentary of the same name). They have also written pilots of the two episodic series THE BALLAD OF POOJA (formerly attached to Lionsgate) and THE BLOOD BELOW (Fox Screenwriter's Lab Finalist). Samundra has also adapted the one woman play ME, MY MOM, & SHARMILA with actor/creator Fawzia Mirza. They were awarded a SFFILM/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship for the Spring of 2018 .
Samundra has also taught screenwriting at San Francisco State University and has worked as a creative writing instructor at CreateNow, an arts organization focused on mentorship and education for at risk homeless and foster youth. She is a Princess Grace Award recipient, a National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant recipient, and an active member of the Writer's Guild of America.
She is an avid comic book nerd, is passionate about genre films, has been writing poetry from a young age and is the daughter of Punjabi author and poet, Shashi Samundra.