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.
It was a perfect plan until 9/11 happened and Sati found herself in Baghdad, where she describes the experience as either a Greek tragedy on the worst of days or 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. Sati loves to write about ordinary women doing extraordinary things and is fascinated by themes of human resilience and transformation against all odds.
Her short film Blood and Glory, which centers on the friendship between two female veterans living on the streets of LA, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Grand Prize in Women in Media CAMERAderie initiative. Sati is a fellow of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project. She received her MFA in film 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:
-Her short film Blood and Glory premiered at Tribeca.
-As a finalist for Women in Media CAMERAderie initiative 2019, she received resources, including mentor ship 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.
-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.