TANUJ CHOPRA, WRITER/DIRECTOR.  Tanuj Chopra’s first feature film Punching at the Sun about South Asian teenagers coming of age in Elmhurst, Queens premiered at Sundance, Tribeca and won the grand jury prize at the SF International Asian American Film festival.  Variety called the fiery debut “Distinctive, original and iconoclastic.”  Other award winning titles he's directed include Butterfly, Clap Clap, Carbon Dated and the ITVS Futurestates film PIA about a runaway gender bending android.  Tanuj is currently working on industrial and independent projects like the ITVS Futurestates season 5 film Teacher in a Box, the Visual Communications development investment for buddy story Chee & T, and episodic female comedy series Nice Girls Crew starring Sheetal Sheth, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen. In his downtime, he facilitates the New Voices for Youth filmmaking initiative, a program dedicated to empowering creativity and civic engagement for teenagers. He holds a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in film direction from Columbia University where he was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship

CHEE MALABAR, WRITER.  Chee Malabar is a Los Angeles based rapper and writer. Born in Bombay and raised in Baroda, India, Chee Malabar immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve, landing in San Francisco first and then New York.  Chee Malabar’s musical resume includes six albums. Chee’s previous efforts are an exploration of the immigrant experience, love, relationships, politics, and art. His latest release, The Beautiful, Rowdy Prisoners, is a series of loosely connected songs and vignettes inspired by years of Chee’s work with incarcerated youth and their families. Chee Malabar’s work has found its way into college curriculums, discussion panels, and papers that address identity and hip-hop. In addition to music, Chee has contributed several essays and multimedia pieces to books and literary magazines.  Chee completed his MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College and is finishing his first novel.

SOHINI SENGUPTA, PRODUCER.  Sohini Sengupta is an award-winning creative marketing producer of numerous theatrical advertising campaigns at Mark Woollen and Associates, including 12 Years a Slave, Birdman and Slumdog MillionareShe is also a creative producer on short films including for Film Independent and ITVS along with documentaries, music videos and is part of the production team for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Sohini has spoken on various panels including at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, Promax Mumbai, Promax Singapore and SXSW. Recently named one of Glamour Magazine's 35 under 35 women who run Hollywood. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in History and International Relations. 




SMOKEY NELSON...Director of Photography



REENA DUTT...Line Producer [website]

LALITHRA FERNANDO...Associate Producer
JOSH BETTINGER...Associate Producer
ARUN CHOPRA...Associate Producer
VISHESH CHACHRA...Associate Producer

MOLLIE CASELLI...1st Assistant Director

CHRISTINE KWON...Production Manager


GAVIN MURRAY...Additional Key Grip
PATRICK NILSSON...Additional Key Grip

CHRIS HEBERT...Swing / 1st AC

CORRYN DEEGAN...Boom Operator

KATIE SCHOLZ...Script Supervisor

ANTOINETTE YOKA...Key Makeup and Hair [website]
NORA PONCE...Assistant Makeup and Hair

ROMY ITZIGSOHN...Costume Designer [website]
RACHANA SUKHADIA...Assistant Costumer

DEANNA DEWEY...Art Director
SEAN TOTANES...Production Designer


ANDY CHO...Set Photographer
PAUL PAWLOWSKI...Set Photographer
YASH DHILLON...Set Photographer/Videographer/BTS

TRACI MAR...Key Production Assistant

DARION JEFFERSON...Production Assistant
MATTHEW JOHNSTON...Production Assistant
DEREK KNOWLES...Production Assistant
BARNIE LEUNG...Production Assistant
JASON NOU...Production Assistant
MRIGESH PARMAR...Production Assistant
TJ REID...Production Assistant
MATTHEW RICHARDS...Production Assistant
RYAN SIDNEY...Production Assistant
JULIUS SWEET...Production Assistant
EMILY WANG...Production Assistant
AUSTIN WILLIS...Production Assistant
TAMMY YAN...Production Assistant