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© 2019 by Queen Palm International Film Festival.

After getting fired, young single-mom Beth finds herself living in her car and struggles to hide her homelessness from her estranged brother Ben.

Cast: Anthony Rapp, Vivian Kerr

Year: 2019

Premiere Status: Palm Springs Premiere

Screening in: Shorts Block 2

Genre: Drama

Country: USA

Language: English

Runtime: 0:20:46 mins

Leena Pendharkar is an award-winning writer and director. She premiered her sophomore feature film, 20 Weeks, at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It played in festivals all over the country, won the Best Feature Film Award at the Maryland Film Festival, the Best Editing Award at the Tallgrass Film Festival, was selected as one of the best independent films of 2017 by Film Threat, and was described as an “intimate, compassionate take on abortion” by the Los Angeles Times.

Leena’s first feature film, Raspberry Magic, starring Bella Thorne and Alison Brie, about a young girl trying to save her struggling family, won several awards, played in festivals all over the country, and was distributed on Starz and Hulu initially, and is now available on Amazon Prime.

She also participated in the Sony Diverse Directors Program, and is currently in the DGA DDI Program. She earned her Master's of Journalism, with an emphasis on Documentary Filmmaking from UC-Berkeley, and got her start in media writing for newspapers and websites, then working as a web designer, then later as a production assistant and coordinator on independent films and commercials. Leena has also taught film/media making at a variety of institutions from LACMA, Berkeley City College, to Otis College of Art and Design and UCLA Extension. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University, in the Production Department.

She is an active member of the DGA, Film Fatales and the Alliance of Women Directors. Leena is represented by Jennifer Au at Untitled Management and Michael Kolodny at The Kaplan Stahler Agency.​
 

Director

Leena Pendharkar

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