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Keshni Kashyap was raised in Los Angeles by Indian parents. She attended Berkeley where she studied Literature and started making experimental videos and documentaries. After spending a year working for veteran indie director Wayne Wang, Keshni enrolled in UCLA's Directing Program where she wrote and directed four short films, including Hole (2002) and Good Thing (2004), which have both been recipients of UCLA Spotlight Awards.

Her films from both UCLA and Berkeley have screened in over thirty festivals worldwide. Keshni has traveled all over the world, especially in South East Asia, where much of her extended family still lives. She credits her high school photography teacher for showing her, early in life, how to frame a shot, and wants to make story driven films that explore people's internal and imaginary lives. She is currently working on two feature length projects, both darkly comic in nature. She lives in Venice, California.

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