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Gray

Role: Writer, Director, Co-Producer
Status: Script

Genre: Drama

A black man, who has been unfairly pulled over and shot, escapes to the home of a white woman, where they spend tension filled hours together awaiting his daughter’s rescue.

 

Gray
Artwork by Justin Mills

Release

Role: Writer, Director, Producer
Status: Script

Genre: Drama 

Dawn, a middle aged divorcee struggles to deal with her loneliness and lack of purpose after her only child Julia goes to college. She becomes involved with the leader of a Buddhist spiritual group, and her practice offers her a path to finding peace.

Love in the Time of Corona

Role: Co-writer with with Monica Kumar
Status: Script
Genre: Romantic Comedy

An unlikely pair of roommates discover a hidden attraction when they are forced to shelter in place together due to Corona.

Gods and Demons

Role: Writer, Director, Co-producer
Status: Script 

Genre: Drama 

Gods and Demons is the story of an American doctor who opens a free clinic in rural South Africa. When a nihilistic European man contracts malaria and ends up in her clinic, the ensuing relationship puts both of them in turmoil and forces her to make difficult decisions.

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The Valley

Role: Writer, Director, Co-producer
Status: Released 2017

Genre: Drama, Suspense 

When affluent Silicon Valley entrepreneur Neal Kumar’s bright and beautiful daughter, Maya, tragically commits suicide during her freshman year of college, no one seems to know why. In his frantic quest to find the truth – and as his seemingly idyllic life and family begins to unravel – Neal discovers many things about himself and his own choices.

More information can be found at www.thevalleyfilm.com.

 

20 Weeks

Role: Executive Producer
Status: Released 2016
Genre: Drama 

A couple must decide on how to move forward when their baby is diagnosed with a serious health condition at the 20-week scan.

More information can be found at www.imdb.com/title/tt5475468

Saila Kariat

About Saila

Saila Kariat is a filmmaker and entrepreneur with a diverse background.  While her real interest and passion has always been writing and filmmaking, she has had a career as an electrical engineer and builder before pursuing her dream. After obtaining her Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Saila worked as an engineer, manager and marketeer at IBM and a start-up, and started and ran a residential construction company. She pursued her education in film in parallel, obtaining a degree in Film from San Jose State University, where she was valedictorian of the class of 2008. 

She wrote, directed and co-produced The Valley, the story of an entrepreneur who seeks answers after the suicide of his daughter.  The Valley was in twenty film festivals and won best feature film in four festivals, in addition to being invited to the Mumbai Film Festival.  Her other feature screenplays include Gods and Demons, a drama about an idealistic woman doctor,  Love in the Time of Corona, a romantic comedy about an unlikely couple, and Release, a drama about a middle-aged divorcee who deals with her loneliness and alcoholism after her only daughter goes away to college.  Her current screenplay is Gray, a drama about a black man and white woman trapped together through a tense and dangerous ordealSaila lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the proud parent of two amazing grown daughters – one an artist and the other a musician.

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