Lydia Dean Pilcher, Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher is an American film and television producer and founder of Cine Mosaic, a leading independent production company with a wide range of talent and business partners in the US, Europe, India, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East.
In 2017, HBO Films will premiere, the Cine Mosaic production of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on the NY Times best-selling book by Rebecca Skloot, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, directed by George C. Wolfe. In post-production is the independent feature, "Radium Girls," based on the true story of the 1925 factory watch dial painters in New Jersey. The film stars Joey King and Abby Quinn.
Pilcher has produced over 35 feature films, including eleven films in a longstanding relationship with internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair, most recently Queen of Katwe, for The Walt Disney Company, starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo, filmed in Uganda and South Africa.
A two time Emmy Award winner and nominated in 2014 for an Academy Award for Cutie & The Boxer (Radius-TWC), directed by Zachary Heinzerling (winner of 2013 Sundance Directing Award), Pilcher has produced for many celebrated directors including Kathryn Bigelow, Wes Anderson, Wayne Wang, Gina Prince Bythewood, Alison Maclean, Ritesh Batra, George Wolfe, and Jane Anderson.
In 2014 Sony Pictures Classics released the Cine Mosaic production of The Lunchbox, directed by Ritesh Batra (winner of 2013 Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes). Cine Mosaic was the US partner in this Indian-French- German co-production.
Pilcher was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and PGA Awards for producing HBO Films' You Don't Know Jack, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Al Pacino, who won Emmy and Golden Globe Best Actor Awards for his role as Jack Kevorkian. Prior to that, she was nominated in for a Golden Globe Award for the HBO feature film, Iron Jawed Angels directed by Katja von Garnier, with Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston, and Normal, directed by Jane Anderson with Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Lange.
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).