Photo Credit: Ana Catalá

Photo Credit: Ana Catalá


Mridu Chandra is a New York-based filmmaker and veteran producer of award-winning documentaries and narrative films that explore topics of civil rights and peace, gender and sexuality, environmental justice, and the law. Her films have premiered at the Sundance, SXSW & Hot Docs film festivals, aired on PBS and HBO, screened for members of U.S. Congress & the United Nations, and showcased at museums & film festivals worldwide.

Specialties include story development and grant writing, line producing, editorial and archival research, rights and clearances, and post production supervising.

Mridu most recently served as the founding director (2016-2019) of IF/Then Shorts at Tribeca Film Institute where she designed, launched, and managed a new film fund and distribution initiative to support the professional development and increased visibility of filmmakers working regionally across the US and around the world.

As an educator, she has taught documentary courses at The New School in the Graduate Media Studies department, at NYU in the SCPS’s Department of Design, Digital Arts, and Film, and in the NYC “Made in NY PA training Program,” providing skill development and mentorship for individuals from diverse communities seeking entry level positions in the NY film and television industry. She completed a teaching residency in Lahore, where she created curriculum for and established Pakistan’s first university level film & video program.

Prior to her filmmaking career, she studied medical anthropology and South Asian studies at the University of Chicago (M.A.) and at McGill University (B.A.).

Filmography – Link to IMDb Filmography 

2021 Untitled Jacques Cousteau documentary (producer)

2020 CURED (co-producer, archival producer)

2017 Ask The Sexpert (producer) 

2017 Whose Streets? (archival producer) 

2016  Shadow World (archival producer & post-production supervisor)

2015  This Changes Everything (co-producer)

2015  Steve Jobs (archival producer)

2014  That Film About Money – “We The Economy” series (producer)

2014  A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY (co-producer)

2014  Out In The Night (producer)

2014  Regarding Susan Sontag (archival producer)

2012  Himalaya Song (director/ writer/ editor)

2012  Electoral Dysfunction (co-producer)

2011  Women, War & Peace (coordinating producer & post-production supervisor)

2010  The Canal Street Madam (producer)

2009  Poundcake (released as The Dissection of Thanksgiving) (producer)

2007  Child Brides, Stolen Lives (co-field producer)

2006  Punching at the Sun (associate producer)

2005  Love, Ludlow (line producer)

2004  Let the Church Say, Amen (producer)

2003  Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (co-producer)

2003  Cosmopolitan (art department coordinator)

Curating / Programming

2009 Experimental Short Film & Video, ISAFF, Independent South Asian Film Festival, Seattle

2009 MONITOR 5: Experimental South Asian Film & Video,  South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), Toronto

Selected Honors, Affiliations

2019 Flaherty Seminar Film Fellow

2018 Women at Sundance and Women in Film 2018 Financing & Strategy Intensive – Producer of DEAR DIARY

2015  Hot Docs Forum Pitch – Producer of ASK THE SEXPERT

2013  Tribeca Film Institute’s Mentor to Filmmaking Fellow

2012  The Vilcek Foundation – New American Filmmakers Program

2011 Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Program – Spotlight on India

2011 Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access Screenwriter

2009 Co-Writer, “Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in Their Work”

2006 Urban Artist Award
2005 NYSCA IFP Electronic Media Distribution Award
2004 Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access Connects Producer
2002 CPB/WGBH Producers Academy at WGBH

Artist Residencies

2012 Blue Mountain Center

2012 The Banff Arts Center – Leighton Artist Colony Residency & Paul D. Fleck Fellowship


2006-2011    Adjunct Faculty: NYU’s SCPS Film, Video & Broadcasting Department

2007-2009   Adjunct Faculty: The New School University, Graduate Dept of Media Studies & Film

2007-2009   Project Director: American Univ./ Center for Social Media, Documentary Ethics Project

2008-2010   Guest Lecturer: New York Film Academy (NYFA)

2006-2008   Lecturer: The “Made In NY” Production Assistant Training Program, NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, & Broadcasting

2004-2005   Visiting Faculty/Head of Film Department:  Beaconhouse National University, Pakistan