Born and raised in New York City, Theresa is an award winning filmmaker and activist. She received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and her film training from NYU and Film/Video Arts. Theresa is a 2006 Fellow in Video from the New York Foundation for the Arts as well as a graduate of the National Black Programming Consortium’s New Media Institute. She has also been awarded grants from the Center for Asian American Media (formerly NAATA), and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Theresa is the founder of NYC Maharani Productions, LLC, a company that specializes in producing socially conscious media.
Shashwati Talukdar has an MFA in Film and Video Arts from Temple University, Philadelphia. She began working in the film and television industry as an assistant editor for a TV show by Michael Moore. Since 1999, she has worked on projects for HBO, BBC, Lifetime and Cablevision. One of Shashwati’s projects, a narrative short entitled “Love, Mom,” starring Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins won the Best Director award at the Black Maria Festival. In addition, Shashwati has produced for the Sundance Channel and has made independent projects that have been supported by the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA and NAATA. She has also has taught at NYU, Arcadia and Temple University.
Kamran Rastesgar has performed with and composed music for various musical ensembles and groups of diverse genres and styles, from experimental and independent rock to Middle Eastern ensembles of various configurations. Kamran is currently a member of the New York-based Sorush Ensemble, and composes music for film and other media. He has composed soundtracks for short films such as the philistine films' productions: "Like Twenty Impossibles", "The Satellite Shooters" and "Roads and Radio Waves" as well as having collaborated on Scott Theissen's soundtrack to the independent feature "Planet Manson" (1997).
Matthew received his Bachelor’s in Audio and Video Production from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. He has been the operations technician at PBS (WXXI) in Rochester, New York. He has operated the DAT and boom operations for over fourteen productions including shorts, features and documentaries. Matthew’s credits include work with such networks/labels/
production companies as Sony Pictures, HGTV, Style Network, PBS, Mag Rack, NBC, BBC, NYC TV, Food Network, TLC, Atlantic Records, Warner Brothers, MTV, Rolling Stone, IFC, and various Broadway productions.
Brett has been the camera operator for over nineteen productions, including feature films, shorts and music videos. He has worked on high density, digital video and 16 mm films. Some of the feature films include, “212” (212 Productions), “Lori and the Landlord Grill (Roaming the Earth Productions). Brett also worked on a Wrigley’s Winterfresh Mint Strips Commercial for Heavy Productions in New York City.