Leena Pendharkar is an award-winning writer and director working in film, television and new media. She recently premiered her sophomore feature film, 20 Weeks, at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
It is about a young couple faced with some tough decisions after they learn that their baby is found to have a health issue after the 20 week scan. The movie stars Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison, Sujata Day and Michelle Krusiec.
We Live Entertainment said of the film, “This might be an indie film but that doesn’t mean the performances aren’t as notable as many of the performances found in an Oscar-nominated film. Arison and Hollyman are just that damn good here.”
She also wrote and directed the short film, Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, which won the Grand Jury Prize for short filmmaking at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Her feature script, Days with Dandekar, won a Tribeca All Access grant and was work-shopped in the FIND Screenwriters Lab.
Her first feature film, Raspberry Magic, about a young girl’s connection to nature, with Bella Thorne and Alison Brie, screened in over 25 film festivals, and was said to “celebrate kids overcoming odds and grooving on science” by Variety.
Leena has also worked extensively in new media, and her satirical sketches, So Natural, were featured on Fail Blog and Funny or Die. Her short films for her YouTube channel, So Natural TV, have been showcased on Hello Giggles, and the Comediva Network.www.leenap.com