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Lydia Dean Pilcher, Producer

Lydia Dean Pilcher is an American film and television producer and founder of Cine Mosaic, a production company based in New York City. Cine Mosaic has established itself as one of New York's leading independent production companies forging relationships with a wide range of talent and business partners in the US, Europe, India, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East. Releasing in 2013 are The Reluctant Fundamentalist, (IFC Films) based on the highly acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid, starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schrieber, and directed by Mira Nair (winner of 2013 German Film Award for Peace); Academy Award nominated Cutie & The Boxer, (Radius-TWC) directed by Zachary Heinzerling (winner of 2013 Sundance Directing Award); and The Lunchbox, (Sony Classics) directed by Ritesh Batra (winner of 2013 Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes Film Festival). Projects in development include Fela: Music is the Weapon, based on the life of Nigerian musician and political activist, Fela Kuti, with Focus Features and director Andrew Dosunmu; and Belly of the Beast with writer/director Oren Moverman for HBO Films. In post-production is The Sisterhood of Night, based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser and directed by Caryn Waechter.


Samudrika Arora, Creative Executive

Samudrika Arora comes from a background in Production Design, having worked on several films such as Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, five Woody Allen films including the Academy Award winning Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Ang Lee's Life of Pi.

She is a graduate of the prestigious art school, Ècole Boulle in Paris where she studied Space and Performance Design. During her time in Europe, she began to realize the power of design with regards to storytelling and how the visual image could transcend the spoken word. She was first mentored by veteran French production designer, Anne Seibel, under whose tutelage she developed a very strong work ethic and a passion for staying true to the essence of a story. Her bi-cultural exposure and tri-lingual hold over English, Hindi and French has led her to gain a lot of experience on major international co-productions across Europe, India and the US.

Samudrika has been inspired by the magic of films since childhood, in part by stories of her grand uncle, legendary Indian film director Raj Khosla. She believes that films are a powerful medium of global storytelling and has her heart set on bringing important and engaging content to life!


Ursula Ellis, Development Consultant

Born to Army officer parents, Ursula grew up in two countries and six different states before graduating high school. She received her B.Sc. in 2012 in Radio/Television/Film and European and British History from Northwestern University, where she received numerous highly competitive grants from the school, as well as various student-run production companies, to write and direct four short films and one music video, all of which screened at various film festivals across the US.

In 2013, she began studying at Columbia University for towards an MFA in screenwriting, during which time she has thus far written and directed four more shorts (two currently in post-production), as well as completed two feature scripts, one of which, entitled Anomalies, was a 2015 quarterfinalist for the Nicholls Fellowship, CineStory Feature Retreat & Fellowship Competition, and Scriptapalooza International Screenwriting Competition. Her thesis MFA short film, Crick in the Holler, just received a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Short Film Production Grant and is slated to shoot in her family home of West Virginia in December 2016.

Professionally, she has worked primarily as a freelance editor in the Chicago and New York City areas, last working for YouTube phenomenon “The Gregory Brothers,” known primarily for Songify the News. She also recently served as a teaching assistant for the Columbia 1st year MFA course, “Elements of Dramatic Narrative,” taught by screenwriter Andy Bienen (Boys Don't Cry).

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