Ambarish Manepalli (Director/Writer) was born in Hyderabad, India, immigrated to the United States at the age of three, and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, the setting for Cowboys Versus Indians. He holds both a BA in theater and an MFA in film from Columbia University, where he directed three short films and received Faculty Honors for his dramatic short, Ismael. His latest directorial effort, A Wink of the Eye, which was co-written by Christopher VanDijk and produced by Geoffrey Quan, premiered in 2010 at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, where it was honored a special citation for student filmmaking it also was a finalist for best short film and received the John Teece Audience Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. In 2008, Ambarish was selected as a visiting director at La fémis, France’s prestigious national film school, and worked with French students and film professionals to create the short film Chassé Croisé. He currently lives in Paris, where he works as a writer, director, and editor for clients such as Nanda Home (makers of Clocky and Tocky) Microsoft, La Société du Grand Paris, and the international science initiative, Wiser-U. Ambarish has no pets, but does own a plant that he has affectionately named Monstruosa because she does not know how to die.
Christopher T. VanDijk (Writer) Chris’s plays Pianoforte,The (Row) and Six have received workshop productions in New York and two have been translated into French by the Transatlantic Project in Paris. He co-wrote A Wink of the Eye with Ambarish Manepalli, who he has been collaborating with since 2005. As an actor, Chris has appeared in New York in the New York International Fringe Festival, 365 days/365 plays, LAByrinth Theater Company’s Naked Plays, The Lark, The Wings Theater, Wonderland Festival, NYTE, The Workshop Theater and Aisling Arts, as well as the world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw’s The Bereaved, and Edith Freni’s Kidstuff with Partial Comfort Productions, where Chris is a company member. He has appeared regionally at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Pioneer Theater Company in:Romeo and Juliet, The Count of Monte Cristo, A View from the Bridge, Richard III, As You Like It, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and An American Daughter. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Chris is a graduate of the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts and has studied acting at The William Esper Studio in New York City. Last spring, Chris and his wife, Angela, welcomed their first child. Chris is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild.
Geoffrey Quan (Producer) is an independent producer and director. His short films and productions have been nominated for two Student Academy Awards and have shown internationally at over 50 festivals, including Sundance, Directors’ Fortnight, New Directors/New Films, Clermont-Ferrand, SXSW, and Tribeca. His work has been sponsored by HBO Films, RHI Entertainment, the Film Arts Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Geoff is a 2009 BRIO Award winner in narrative filmmaking, a recipient of the 2009 IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film, and is currently a 2011 fellow in Film Independent’s Project: Involve. He has taught directing at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, and has produced videos for New York magazine and The Wall Street Journal. He served as production coordinator on Academy Award winner James Marsh’s feature documentary, Project NIM, which premiered in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, Geoff produced the independent feature film, DETONATOR. Geoff is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA film program and the University of California at Berkeley. He lives and works in Los Angeles.