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Shilpi spent her childhood in North Carolina, the child of Indian immigrants. She has an everlasting love of the vast spans of green grass, the slow, relaxed pace of life, and the quirky, delightful Southerners with whom she spent her childhood.

After becoming valedictorian of her high school, and graduating from the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, she went on to Vanderbilt University where she was awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship while majoring in Psychology and Economics with a Film Studies minor.

It was in her senior year at Vanderbilt that Shilpi realized that film was her lifelong dream. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and became a producer’s assistant for Warren Littlefield, the former president of NBC. She also had the opportunity to work with industry giants such as Joel Wyman (writer of The Mexican, starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts), and Thomas Carter (director of Save the Last Dance).

However, after working for a year, Shilpi decided to pursue a directing career and so came to the USC School of Cinematic Arts for an MFA in Production. While there, Shilpi was awarded the extremely prestigious Annenberg Fellowship. Shilpi also works as an Assistant Editor at Robert Greenwald’s non-profit company Brave New Films, where she helps to combat social injustice on a daily basis.

In her last year at USC, Shilpi hopes that her thesis film will be the stepping stone to completing her first independent feature, which includes many of the same themes and characters as The Indian & the Samurai.

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