Crew

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WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Shilpa Mankikar is an award-winning American filmmaker based in New York and India. Shilpa's work combines a commercial sensibility with provocative content. She was a director at the ABC-Disney Showcase in 2015. She has three feature films in the Finalist round at Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Her film script "Ferguson Convenience Store" was staged at Anna Deavere Smith's Mattering Arts Forum about Black Lives Matter. Her screenplay/teleplay "Memoirs of a Rebellious Princess" was showcased by the Writers Guild of America - Independent Feature Project - South Asian Film Collective. She has a background in Film Distribution, Business Development, and Marketing at Universal. In 2001, she was a Co-Founder of 3rd i, a distribution company for South Asian diaspora entertainment in the US. She is a graduate of the MFA Film program at Columbia in New York and Oberlin College.

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PRODUCER

Biljana Ilic is an NYC based multimedia producer with almost 20 years of experience working internationally. Many of her productions have garnered awards and recognition worldwide such as LOVE HUNTER that had a world premiere as an official nomination of Warsaw Film Festival as well as selected for New York Times Critics’ Pick. In 2013 she was awarded with Outstanding Achievement in Production on NYC Tribeca VisionFest for her solo production of film PALACE LIVING.

Biljana was born in Belgrade, Serbia where earned a Law Degree from University of Belgrade and Master’s Degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Art Academy. While in Serbia she mostly worked in television, advertising, and theater. Her first theater show LIFE ON A DESERT ISLAND run for 12 years and was successfully transferred to NYC. In 2006, Biljana received a scholarship from Columbia University where she earned her MFA Degree in the Film Program. While studying she jumped on the production of ROMEO AND JULIET IN YIDDISH that received numerous awards and had a festival circuit on over 30 film festivals all over the world. Ever since she has continued to create and produce content for narrative films, commercials, TV shows, music videos, documentaries, live performances, theater, and other media projects.

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CHOREOGRAPHER

Rina Shah has always had a strong passion for dancing. Since the age of 5, Rina has been performing on stages throughout the tri-state area. With her training in Bharat Natyam, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop, she has always kept her audience at the edge of their seat. At the age of 14, Rina had her arangetram under the guidance of Smt. Lakshmi Anand of Natyalaya. Rina then went on to Boston University where she studied Economics and Political Science. While she was at BU, she co-founded Chankaar, Boston University's first Indian dance troupe. Since 2004, Rina has been back in NJ spreading her knowledge and expertise in Indian dancing. Her love for dance and her equal love for children is the perfect combination for a perfect dance instructor. She strives to see perfection in her students, and works hard to achieve it.She looks forward to certifying AUM students in both Bharat Natyam as well as Kathak as the years go by. Classical dancing is the foundation on which all dance is based, and that is the basis for AUM Dance Creations.

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CINEMATOGRAPHER

Ari Rothschild was born in New York and has lived Montreal, Paris, Jerusalem, and Calcutta. He began shooting news in Israel and continued as a photojournalist and photo editor in New York City. After moving to India, he had several exhibitions of his fine art photography in India, before working as director of photography on his first feature, Khwaabb (2014 Dir. Zaid Khan). Khwaabb received a wide release in theaters in India, and garnered attentionfor it's underwater swimming scenes, realistic lighting and kinetic camera movement. Aharon recently wrapped shooting on Landing Up (Dir. Danny Tenenbaum) a visceral feature film about homelessness shot on location in New York.

Whether shooting commercial or narrative work, Aharon's approach is to put story first. He collaborates closely with the director to build movement into the image, and his lighting style has been described as beautiful and spare. As a working colorist with feature credits including Match (Dir. Stephen Belber 2014) and Fort Tilden ( Dir. Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers 2014), Aharon has the unique ability to take total responsibility for the image all the way from the set to post production.

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CINEMETOGRAPHER

Aitor Mendilibar is a New York-based filmmaker and cinematographer. He is originally from Basque Country, where he received degrees in computer science, telecommunications, and audio/visual production. While in Basque Country he worked in production and post-production on music videos, short films and commercials. In 2012, he moved to New York City to study documentary filmmaking at New York Film Academy. Since graduating he has worked as a cinematographer for documentaries, narrative films, TV shows, music videos, live performances, among other projects. He has worked with Oscar nominated director and producer Oren Jacoby and award winning cinematographers Buddy Squires, ASC and Tom Hurwitz, ASC. He also creates his own content and collaborates with artists across genres. Aitor is currently collaborating with choreographers Reggie Wilson and Raja Feather Kelly. He is also the co-founder and former bass player of the Basque punk rock band Disorders, that played for 10 years and produced two studio albums. After the band split up in 2011, Aitor co-created The Wilsons in 2014 where he plays the bass

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CINEMETOGRAPHER

Owen Strock is a cinematographer, Native NY'er, and lover of all things Miyazaki

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PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Jillian MacKintosh is an impassioned producer and curator with a commitment to art, culture and education. Maker, name taker, and hand shaker, Jillian champions our brilliant projects ever forward. Her experience working as an artist, designer and curator feed the creative process with hands-on production at every stage to build original and impactful work

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EDITOR

Jay won Best Editing for "Diwal'Oween" at Apulia WebFest in Italy. Jay is a Multi Promax winning editor, (AVID MC, Premiere Pro and FCP) having more than 14 Years of experience in TV and Commercials. Currently seeking opportunities in New York City. Loves style and action, Specializes in commercials, Promos, and Music Videos. He is Equally proficient in storytelling and montages and in the past was the integral part of editing team of Channels like MTV, Vh1, Comedy Central, and Colors Infinity. Other than editing he loves coffee, tea and soccer.

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Nadia Junaid

CO-PRODUCER (CANADA)

Nadia Junaid is a Project Manager and Event Planner based in Toronto. She has worked on Special Events for the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival and Sponsorship/Industry for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She was the Production Coordinator for the Unforgettable Tour of Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Preity Zinta live in Canada. Nadia managed Youth Engagement for the International Development and Relief Foundation. She has a background in Public Health with a focus on Youth. She recently finished her Masters of Education in Adult Education and Community Development at University of Toronto, and is a graduate of Oberlin College.