A. Sayeeda Clarke, Director
Sayeeda is a proud native New Yorker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch MFA in Film and Television where she was a Dean’s Fellow. Her previous award-winning films include Sin Salida (aired on HBO & HBO Latino for two years, finalist at the American Black Film Festival, craft award at The First Run Film Festival) and The Grey Woman (Promotion Pictures production winner, ASC John Alonzo Heritage Award, premiered at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, a Hallmark short film competition winner). Along with film, Sayeeda directs theater to enlighten her craft. She was an artist-in-residence with Mabou Mines and is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Lab. At NYU Sayeeda was Spike Lee’s assistant and worked on the Emmy award-winning documentary, When The Levees Broke. Sayeeda is currently developing the next installment of White.
Smriti Mundhra, Producer
Smriti Mundhra has been working in film and television for more than 10 years. She produced the award-winning feature films Waterborne and Bomb the System and associate-produced Punching at the Sun. Her short films have played and won awards at more than 50 film festivals worldwide including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, the Hamptons Film Festival, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Her other production credits include Being John Malkovich; Nurse Betty; O Brother, Where Art Thou; and Wall Street 2. She is in production on her directorial debut, a feature-length documentary about Indian matchmakers entitled The Marriage Brokers.
Maya Anand , Co-Producer
Maya Anand’s short film Anjali, selected for Faculty Honors at the 2008 Columbia University Film Festival, screened internationally at several festivals, including the 2008 Palm Springs Shortfest and the inaugural California Next Gen Film Festival, where she was named Best Director. Anand is the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Student Development Award for her short film, Iris, which screened at the 2009 Los Angeles Shorts Fest, the 2009 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and was named a semi-finalist in the 2009 Angelus Student Awards. In 2008, Anand produced William J. Saunders’ short Dash Cunning. In 2009 she produced her first feature film, Sweet Little Lies.