By the time she was twelve, Satinder Kaur had lived on three continents (Asia, Europe and America). Adapting to the constantly changing cultures was challenging, but she had one constant in her life – Bollywood cinema. This love for film sustained her on her arduous journey toward becoming a filmmaker. Her many obstacles included (but were not limited to)—loving Indian parents who forbade her from being a filmmaker, cost of college tuition where she could pursue this forbidden field of study, and the utter lack of knowledge on how one actually becomes a filmmaker since she had never met a real life director before. So naturally she did the only reasonable thing to do; She enlisted in the United States Army. Where else could she get those elusive abs of steel while earning money for college?
All was well for a while, but then 9/11 happened, and the world changed. She found herself in the middle of a war that she didn’t particularly believe in. Moral dilemmas ensued! But every dark cloud has a silver lining, and having such life experiences, of course, significantly improved her writing!
Eventually she moved to LA and received her MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Today, she lives happily ever after in the city of dreamers actively pursuing her filmmaking goals!
Some of her accomplishments include:
-As a finalist for Women in Media CAMERAderie initiative 2019, she received resources, including mentorship by Colin Trevorrow, to make her short film Blood and Glory, which won the GRAND PRIZE in competition.
-Finalist for ScreenCraft Film Fund 2020 for her feature script Arresting God
-Finalist for Sundance Development Lab 2019 for her feature script Arresting God
-Invited to shadow director David Geddes on his episode of CW Network show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
-Fellow of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project, where she developed several projects including a comedy about an Indian-American family running a marijuana farm.
-Her short film The Last Killing produced by Ensaaf won the best short documentary award at NewFilmmakers LA and the Amnesty International Best Human Rights Short award.
-In partnership with Ensaaf, she spearheaded the largest human rights video advocacy efforts in Punjab, India by traveling extensively and interviewing survivors of torture and families impacted by enforced disappearances.
-Recipient of James Bridges Award for excellence in directing.
-Collaborated with LACMA on the Veterans Make Movies workshop series.
-Her written works have been featured at USVAA’s annual New Voices showcase.