For artistic achievement and pro bono contribution of outstanding professional work for a community organization, Bird Woman, my feature length screenplay, just won the 2019 Gitner Family Prize. The screenplay is inspired by community initiatives headed by Project SALAM (Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims) and The National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms. The resilience and solidarity that I’ve experienced as part of this process, gives me so much hope. Deeply honored for this opportunity.
The Informant has been selected to The Athena Screenwriters Lab NYC 2019! It will be mentored by writer-producer Ligiah Villalobos , (Under the Same Moon, Coco) Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine),< Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) and Shinho Lee (The Chaser). I will get a chance to learn from seven other outstanding writers who have been selected as well! Congratulations everyone! Read more about Women and Hollywood initiative, which is collaborating with The Athena Lab.
The Informant has been shortlisted at The Sundance Screenwriters Lab , 2019!
Presenting Experiments in Transmedia Storytelling at The Frameless Labs Symposium MAGIC Spell Studios, 2018.
Our collaborative virtual reality experience about The Rochester Public Market premiers at The Frameless Labs Symposium , MAGIC Spell Studios, 2017.
Thrilled to be a screening The Ghetto Girl at Urvashi Butalia’s Women, Society and Changing India at The Young India Fellowship Program, Ashoka University, 2017. The Other Side of Silence has been a guide for me to understand present times in India through a lens of the past.
Presenting Found in Transit: Documentary Practice and Hybrid Forms at The College of Art and Design Brown Bag Lecture Series. Rochester Institute of Technology.
A Letter Home, a short virtual reality experience about dislocation premiers at The Frameless Labs Symposium. MAGIC Spell Studios, 2016. Press release can be found at: Link
Speaking about Transmedia Storytelling at Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Center. This place is forever close to my heart, 2016.
Screening a work-in progress version of American Dream as part of Rochester Documentary Filmmakers at The Little Theater. Also featuring with an exclusive interview! (.pdf of interview, logo). I will be speaking on the ethics of documentary filmmaking and what it means to make films between two cultures. Press release can be found at: Link
Conducting a one-day workshop Art as a Catalyst for Change at Rochester Institute of Technology Connectology Conference.
Selected for a film workshop with the great Iranian filmmaker, screenwriter and photographer Abbas Kiarostami. Cuba, 2015
Screening The Ghetto Girl as part of Live From the Archives: Refractions of Muslim Identities film series at The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Press release can be found at: Link
Screening The Ghetto Girl at New Mobilities and Evolving Identities, Berlin. Press release can be found at: Link