Sati’s super dramatic life story!

By the time she was twelve, Sati 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 – movies! 

After high school, when her loving parents forbade her from becoming a filmmaker, and the cost of college tuition seemed insurmountable, 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 and study film?

All was well for a while…. 

But then 9/11 happened, and the world changed.

She found herself in Baghdad – in the middle of a war that she didn’t particularly believe in. Life was a Greek tragedy on the worst of days and a dark comedy on the best of days.

It was there she learned the value of friendship and what it means to truly have someone’s back – a theme often featured in her films.

Eventually, she moved to LA and received her MFA in directing from 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: 

– She’s a participant of the GTDI NBCUniversal Feature Writers program where she worked with Colin Trevorrow and Sara Scott to develop projects.

-She’s staffed on two series for Amazon.

-Her short film Blood and Glory premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Grand Prize in Women in Media CAMERAderie initiative.

-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.

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