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About Us

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Our Team

LEENA PENDHARKAR, Writer/Director

Leena Pendharkar is an award-winning Writer and Director. She premiered her sophomore feature film, 20 Weeks, at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It was described as an “intimate, compassionate take on abortion” by the Los Angeles Times, and was released theatrically in 10 cities in April of 2018, and on Hulu and a number of other platforms. Leena recently directed the television movie, A Date with Deception for Mar Vista/Lifetime, and two episodes of the kids’ show, Hello Jack! for Apple TV Plus. She is an alum of the Warner Brothers TV Directing Workshop. Leena is an Associate Professor of Film Production at LMU, and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UC-Riverside

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JANE KELLY KOSEK, Producer

Develops, writes, and produces narrative and documentary feature films. Her passion for telling stories about extraordinary people brought her to producing the documentary Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable and contributing to two companion books with Harper Collins: Unstoppable Me and Be Unstoppable. Most recently, she has produced the award-winning feature drama Epiphany, the teen comedy Pitching Tents, and the critically acclaimed romantic drama 20 Weeks. Other producing credits include Take Me Home, Not Since You, The Diary of Preston Plummer, Tennessee, and Straight Line. The short documentary she

produced on the Keystone XL Pipeline titled Pipe Dreams was shortlisted for an Oscar.

PALLAVI SASTRY, Producer

Keertana and Pallavi are sisters and the lead producers of the film “Land of Gold.” The feature, written and directed by Nardeep Khurmi, won the AT&T Untold Stories program, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2022, and was be released in theaters and HBO Max in May 2023. Pallavi is also an actor whose credits include “Land of Gold,” “The Walking Dead: Dead City” (AMC), “Master of None” (Netflix) and “Blue Bloods” (CBS).

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KEERTANA SASTRY, Producer and Casting Director

Keertana and Pallavi are sisters and the lead producers of the film “Land of Gold.” The feature, written and directed by Nardeep Khurmi, won the AT&T Untold Stories program, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2022, and was be released in theaters and HBO Max in May 2023. Keertana is also a prolific casting director whose casting department credits include “Land of Gold,” “Little America” (Apple+), “Single Drunk Female” (Freeform), “Mean Girls” (2024), and “The Hate U Give” (2018).

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