Geeta V. Patel

Indian American Filmmaker Geeta Patel is Writer/Director of both documentary and dramatic feature films.

She was recently Visiting Artist in Belarus and Turkey, as one of 29 filmmakers chosen for a new US State Department initiative in the arts. Currently, she is writer/director of a narrative martial arts feature entitled MOUSE. Geeta is also Director/Cinematographer of the romantic comedy documentary film entitled ONE IN A BILLION (CAAM/CPB/PRI), due in 2010.

Geeta directed the Sundance/ITVS funded documentary feature entitled PROJECT KASHMIR, set to premiere on PBS in 2010. She began her career as the youngest Associate Screenwriter in Hollywood, working with award-winning writers and directors of big-budget films in all stages, ranging from original work to production re-writes. She has worked for with Disney, Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, ABC, NBC, and Twentieth Century Fox, including THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS and BLUE CRUSH.

A former Sundance Institute Directing Fellow and Tribeca TAA Fellow, Geeta has taught Master Classes and served as Visiting Lecturer in Universities around the world. She is a Filmmaking Advisor for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), served on the Nomination Committee for the Rockefeller Foundation/Renew Media’s Media Art’s Fellowship as well as the IDA’s (International Documentary Association) DocuWeek and CAAM selection committees. A graduate in Comparative Area Studies at Duke University, Geeta’s background in film, languages, and international relations informs her work as a writer and filmmaker. While studying in Berlin, Writer/Director Anthony Minghella inspired her to pursue a career in Storytelling.