Brian George, Actor, Was born in Israel, the youngest of four children. His parents were Middle-eastern Jews who, until their early 30s, lived in India and spoke only English (but with really good Indian accents). As an infant (with his parents’ help) he moved to London’s East End in 1954 and grew up listening to the great British comedians of the day, like Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan on the infamous Goon Show; Tony Hancock, Kenneth Horn, and many others.
These were the sights and sounds that informed his childhood and helped develop his ear for accents and mimicry. In 1966 he and his family moved to Canada, and it was there that he got his start acting professionally. First, with friends, starting the Bear Theater Company. Then with The Second City, where he worked with Catherine O’Hara, John Candy and Martin Short among many others great comedians.
In 1986, Brian moved to Los Angeles and since then has worked non-stop, in sit-coms Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory, dramas Star Trek, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland film Austin Powers, Keeping the Faith, Horrible Bosses, cartoons Animaniacs, Batman, Star Wars Clone Wars, the web Burning Love and on stage, Stuff Happens, Yes, Prime Minister.
Leena Pendharkar, Writer/Director, Directed the feature film, Raspberry Magic, with Bella Thorne and Alison Brie, which played in over 30 festivals, won the audience award at the Philly Asian American Film festival, and was distributed digitally via Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and most recently on television via the Starz/DirectTV Network. She has also directed several web series, and numerous short films that have played on Funny or Die, FailBlog, Comediva, The Blush and many film festivals across the country. She was named “Women to Watch” in web series by TV Comedy Is Dead. Her script for Days with Dandekar was selected for the FIND screenwriter’s lab, and won a Tribeca All Access grant. Leena is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount U. where she teaches film production. She holds a Master’s in Journalism with a focus on Documentary Filmmaking from UC-Berkeley.
Jane Kelly Kosek, Producer, Has produced a number of feature films including Straight Line, Tennesee, Not Since You, Take me Home, and The Diary of Preston Plummer. She has also produced several documentary features, including Industrial Light and Magic, Citizen Hearst, and The Imagineering Story. She was also a producer on the documentary short Pipe Dreams, which was shortlisted for an Oscar. Her films have screened in numerous festivals and aired on TV via Netflix, Hulu and more.
Megha Kadakia, Producer, Has secured equity financing and put together numerous deals and services to produce her first feature, Raspberry Magic. Raspberry Magic acquired domestic distribution through Film Buff, Cinetic Rights Management, STARZ, and foreign distribution through Screen Media. Kadakia just finished her second feature, a witty, smart comedy – Miss India America, starring Tiya Sircar and Hannah Simone, currently in post production and set to release Fall of 2014 and is working on her third feature The Tiger Hunter, filming summer of 2014. She holds an MBA from Columbia University, and serves on the boards of Creative Visions Foundation, Social Capital Philanthropists and America India Foundation (AIF).
Renuka Pullat, Executive Producer, Has over fifteen years of experience in a career that spans finance, marketing, and production control. She has been involved in raising financing, planning shooting schedules, fulfilling shooting requirements and coordinating the post-production of numerous films. Renuka also has an extensive background in the development of feature films, having produced and distributed many major commercial Indian films including Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav, Sarkar, and Dus. She has founded two companies – Kria Entertainment in the US and Siren Media Company in Cambodia. Renuka graduated from the University of Bombay with a BA in Economics and Statistics and has an MBA from Seton Hall University.
Sohini Sengupta, Producer, is an award-winning creative marketing producer of numerous theatrical advertising campaigns, including 12 Years a Slave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Black Swan and Slumdog Millionare. She is the VP of Interactive Media at Mark Woollen & Associates, the company’s digital division. On the film side, she recently produced Teacher in a Box for ITVS’s Future States series, and is also currently prepping for the feature film, Chee and T. She was recently named one of Glamour Magazine’s 35 under 35 women who run Hollywood.
Daud Sani, Director of Photography, Born in Pakistan and raised in the US, Daud Sani brings a personal touch to everything he DPs. With a bachelors in film, Daud has shot short films, commercials, music video, features, and reality content for networks such as the Style, PBS, E!, and Bravo. Passion for telling stories in visual medium helps Daud strives to cultivate his talent while always looking for innovation in an ever progressing film industry.