Understanding and Reaching Your Audience.
Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is a bi-lingual Indian-American independent filmmaker, poet and actor. She is also the President and Founder of “Silent River Film Festival” and Editor-in-Chief of “Life and Legends” literary magazine. Born in Gaya, Bihar, India and educated at Magadh University and the New York Film Academy, Kalpna began her career as a writer and a lecturer in India. She found success as a writer at very young age and won many awards in India. Kalpna’s fourth poetry collection Bare Soul was among the top 10 best-selling American Poetry, and the 27th best-seller of world poetry on Amazon Kindle in its first year of publication.
Kalpna moved to the United States in 1994 and lives in California. Her work as a film director was first recognized when her short film Girl With An Accent screened at many international film festivals and won “Silver Award” at SMTV Mumbai International Film Festival. Girl With An Accent had its Television Premiere on LA18 TV in California and Hawaii in 2015. Her debut feature Goodbye My Friend (Adios Mi Amigo) world-premiered at the Silent River Film Festival in the US. It was officially selected at international film festivals in India and Pakistan, as well as Life Fest (Hollywood) and Broadway International Film Festival (Los Angeles) in the US.
Kalpna is currently working on developing the screenplay of her next feature film All About My Father and shooting her next film Dancing in the Rain (based on a true story), to raise awareness about the issue of honor killing in Indian Sub-continent and Middle East.
Kalpna addressed the VPC in October 2015.