Leena Pendharkar is an award-winning writer and director working in film, television and new media. She recently wrote and directed the short film, Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, which won the Grand Jury Prize for short filmmaking at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Her first feature film, Raspberry Magic, about a young girl’s connection to nature, with Bella Thorne and Alison Brie, screened in over 25 film festivals, is now available on Starz TV, DirectTV, GooglePlay, Amazon and more. Leena has also worked extensively in new media, and her satirical sketches and short films have been showcased on Funny or Die Fail Blog, Comediva, Hello Giggles and more.
Jane Kelly Kosek
Jane Kelly Kosek helms her production company Meritage Pictures. She has produced multiple narrative shorts, such as The Frolic, Gay Baby, and the award-winning Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, and feature-length films including 20 Weeks (starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison), Pitching Tents (starring Michael Grant, Jim Norton), Tennessee (exec produced with Lee Daniels; starring Mariah Carey), Not Since You (co-writer; starring Desmond Harrington, Kathleen Robertson), Take Me Home (starring Sam Jaeger), The Diary of Preston Plummer (starring Rumer Willis, Trevor Morgan, Robert Loggia) and Straight Line. She has also produced various high-profile documentaries, including Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible, Citizen Hearst, and Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable. She produced a Web series presentation for Universal, starring Sam Jaeger and Danny Pudi and has several other projects in the works.
Anna Margaret Hollyman
Anna Margaret Hollyman is an indie film powerhouse with two movies in the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival including Clair in Motion and Before the Sun Explodes. She’s been in numerous independent films, and was recently in the hit movie, Sleeping with Other People. In her starring role as Suzanne in Zach Clark’s White Reindeer, Anna Margaret received notice from The New Yorker for her “poised radiance” and a “calmly dominating performance…that brings a hint of a young Kathleen Turner,” the Village Voice for her “virtuoso lead performance,” and the Los Angeles Times for a “quietly brave, revealing ride of…genuinely unforced and unexpected emotion.” As Sarah in Small, Beautifully Moving Parts she earned praise from the Village Voice for her “understated sensitivity” and from Roger Ebert for her “lovable screen presence…(and) the sort of charm we felt from the first films of Sandra Bullock or Greta Gerwig.
Amir Arison is widely known for his extensive film and television work. As an actor, Amir is currently a series regular as fan favorite 'Aram Mojtabai' on NBC’s hit series The Blacklist, opposite James Spader. Notable recurring roles in television include HBO’s hit show Girls, the Emmy Award-winning Homeland, Zero Hour, Law & Order: SVU, Dallas, and State of Georgia. Notable guest star appearances include American Horror Story, ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Major Crimes, The Mentalist, Marvin Marvin, Medium, Undercovers, NCIS, Law & Order: CRIMINAL INTENT, and more. Recent film credits include Jane Wants a Boyfriend, Before the Sun Explodes, Big Words, Tom McCarthy's The Visitor, and many more. Amir is also a prolific theater actor and has been featured in numerous off Broadway hits.