Leena Pendharkar
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Leena Pendharkar is an award-winning writer and director working in film, television and new media. She premiered her sophomore feature film, 20 Weeks, at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

It won the Best Feature Film Award at the Maryland Film Festival, and the Best Editing Award at the Tallgrass Film Festival, and was described as an “intimate, compassionate take on abortion” by the Los Angeles Times.

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 and stars Amir Arison (NBC’s Blacklist) and Anna Margaret Hollyman. It was released theatrically in 10 cities in April of 2018, and is now available on Hulu, and a number of other platforms.

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 is also slated to write and direct the film adaptation of the Ursula K. Le Guin novel, The Telling. She has already been adapting the book, and the film is slated for production in 2019.


  • 20 Weeks (Trailer)