SAPNA GANDHI

Actress | Producer | Singer-Songwriter

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20 WEEKS TO PREMIERE AT LA FILM FESTIVAL!


I play a nurse in the intimate, raw, romantic drama, 20 WEEKS (written and directed by Leena Pendharkar). The feature film stars Amir Arison (The Blacklist) and Anna Margaret Hollyman, and will premiere at the LA Film Festival on June 19th (7pm). 

The film tells the story of Maya and Ronan, a couple of 30-somethings, who are in love and expecting a baby when a health condition that could impact their unborn child is discovered during a routine scan. As their outlook on parenthood shifts and evolves, the couple is forced to re-examine whether they will be able to tackle the challenges they face and the future of their family. 
 

ON SET – THE FOSTERS


It’s so rewarding to be a part of a socially conscious storyline. I play a counselor at an LGBT center on ABC’s THE FOSTERS. Lovely cast and crew. Important story to share. Who says television can’t better the world? Look for me in Season 5! 

 
 

IN ABSENTIA WINS A REMI AWARD


I’m really proud to have played the intriguing Asha in the mysterious and visually captivating, IN ABSENTIA, an anthology short film series consisting of contemporary, dark folk tales that focus on the absence of life’s normal order. Compared to BLACK MIRROR and THE TWILIGHT ZONE, the series was created by the lovely and talented Ethan Kogan & Jessica Silvetti, who also just picked up a Remi Award at the 50th Annual Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.

THUMPER PREMIERES AT TRIBECA



The feature film THUMPER, in which I played a pharmacist opposite a terrifying (but otherwise charming AF) Pablo Schreiber, just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this month!

Directed by Jordan Ross and EP’ed by Cary Fukunaga, this film centers around
 a town of low-income and fractured families, where a group of teens are lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer. A new girl arrives who hides a dangerous secret that will impact everybody and change their lives forever.


The film also stars Lena Heady, Ben Feldman, Daniel Webber and Eliza Taylor.

 

OFF THE GRID PREMIERE


The film collective, We Make Movies, premiered its first 1/2 hour comedy pilot (OFF THE GRID) at the Sundance Sunset Cinema on October 6th! It was a red carpet event complete with the presentation of the pilot, a retrospective of our community films and workshops, a reception & Q&A moderated by moi.

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Singing w/ SPINDRIFT


I’ve been working on more music these days. Recorded a demo for a musical, am collaborating on several electronic sounds, and am about to go into production on a score for my feature film ABOUT STRANGERS. Also, got up on stage with psychedelic indie rock band, SPINDRIFT again! Always a good time with these guys. 

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ON SET @ AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE


Episodic Season is in full swing and I got to play a mom on the new ABC comedy, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, alongside the hilariously talented Diedrich Bader & Meg Donnelly. Oh, and I found my mini-me, a gem of a child, literally named Opal!

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SUMMER BOOKINGS & MORE!


Started off summer with a bang, playing opposite super talented Pablo Schreiber, in the feature film, THUMPER (EP’ed by Cary Fukanaga & directed by Jordan Ross). Enjoyed a successful run of WMMFEST at the Hollywood Fringe Festival & filmed a few scenes in Leena Pendharker’s 20 WEEKS opposite the lovely Anna Margaret Hollyman, Michelle Krusiec & Amir Arison (The Blacklist!!). To top it off, Jennie Fahn & I submitted our film BREAK to Women In Film’s Film Finishing Fund. Fingers crossed!

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SHE’S SO RIGHT!


Can’t stay away from comedy. Writer/ Actress extraordinaire, Krista Amigone wrote some ridiculous one-liner comedy pieces & I couldn’t deny them. Aubrey Mozino, Krista & myself produced SHE’S SO RIGHT with the crew consisting of the one-woman dynamo that is Valentina Vee. Hilarity ensued. We can’t wait to share our misguided 80’s feminism a la “The More You Know” but for now, yup, we’re in post!

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ABOUT STRANGERS IS IN POST!


After months of preparation, raising funds and shooting… we have a movie! Our cinema verite inspired tale about three drifters trying to make sense of their lives while hatching a plan to leave Los Angeles, is on its way through post production. I don a fire-engine red wig. Intrigued? Good! Can’t wait to share more, but in the meantime, ranging from ennui to elation, a few moments are captured below.

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ABOUT STRANGERS

I produced & star as ex-country singer, LULU in this feature film…


Inspired by a chance meeting, three drifters coping with existential malaise pursue a peculiar childhood obsession, seeking escape from their cycles of dissatisfaction and apathy.

 

IN ABSENTIA

Mysterious and visually captivating, ‘In Absentia’ is an anthology short film series consisting of contemporary, dark folk tales that focus on the absence of life’s normal order.

Created by
Ethan Kogan & Jessica Silvetti

JAM

JAM explores the self-absorption of eighteen characters stuck in traffic in the middle of nowhere. Ranging from comically absurd to tragically honest, each vignette moves us forward through the traffic jam to ultimately answer the question… what are they doing here?”

I play a an emotionally intense hippie going through a raw breakup.

The film wrapped up the festival circuit with appearances in Mammoth Lake Film Festival, Dances with Films, Cannes Short Film Corner, Connect Fest LA, Los Angeles Lift Off and winner of an Award of Excellence at Best Shorts Competition.

“Upcycling” Dating Ambiguities & Other Atrocities – BROAD STROKES #4

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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Stripping Shakespeare #1 Emilia’s Red Room of Pain

A Classic Lit mash-up series of
Shakespeare analysis.

Bawdy language.
Stripping, Pole Dancing, and Burlesque.

This is a retelling of Emilia’s Speech
from Othello, Act 4, Scene 3.

Check out more on strippingshakespeare.com

“How To Carpool” Hump Day How -To’s – BROAD STROKES #3

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“How To Get Out of Work” Hump Day How-To’s – BROAD STROKES #38

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“… In Bed” Pessimistic Fortune Cookies – BROAD STROKES #21

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“Tall Order” Film Noir Fridays – BROAD STROKES #5

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“Better Left Unsaid” Pessimistic Fortune Cookies – BROAD STROKES #11

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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ARCANA

Don’t let my last name fool you.
Sometimes I kick some butt.

Catch me in this sci-fi action clip
in ARCANA.

“He’s Just Not That Into You” Dating Ambiguities & Atrocities – BROAD STROKES #9

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“How To Scent A Woman” Hump Day How-To’s – BROAD STROKES #13

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“no escape” #smh tuesdays – BROAD STROKES #2

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“The Duplicitous Dames” Film Noir Fridays – BROAD STROKES #40

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“breaking bad” #smh – BROAD STROKES #7

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“#gynothankyou” Dating Ambiguities & Other Atrocities – BROAD STROKES #19

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“manifestation” #smh – BROAD STROKES #32

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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“Surgeon General’s Warning” Film Noir Fridays – BROAD STROKES #15

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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WAY DOWN IN CHINATOWN

This avant garde, Lynchian horror flick directed by Eric Michael Kochmer will make you squirm and recoil. I recommend  you watch it anyway. Find it on Amazon & 366weirdmovies.

I make an appearance as a Hindu Priestess (Sorceress really).

Starring: Justin Dray, Stephanie Sanditz, Maria Olsen, Tara Samuel & Ashli Haynes – with Lisa Loring (the original “Wednesday Addams”) &Nancy Wolfe (Helter Skelter).

DUST UP

DUST UP is a kick ass action comedy by Ward Roberts that will make you laugh, gasp and punch the person you’re sitting next to. Check it out on on amazon, iTunes, Google Play or Youtube.

I got to play one of the more intense, serious roles in the film, as the Iraqi farmer’s wife.

Starring: Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Aaron Gaffey (Lo, Jackhammer), Jeremiah Birkett, Devin Barry & Travis Betz

 

“AMBER ALERT” – WMMSketch #26

Watch me as “Stacey” in this fun
WMM Sketch Show made by the best
little film collective in the world, aka
We Make Movies!

 

Watch all the WMM Sketches on
wemakemovies.org & wmmoriginals.

“WORST WINGMAN EVER” WMMSketch #10 –

Watch me as “Diane” in the raunchy
WMM Sketch Show made by the best
little film collective in the world, aka
We Make Movies!

 

Watch all the WMM Sketches on
wemakemovies.org & wmmoriginals.

“Life Expectancy” Pessimistic Fortune Cookies – BROAD STROKES #36

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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Like Share Inc.

Sometimes “liking” and “sharing” are just not enough.

Directed by Angela Landis
Written by Will Campisano

 

Broad Strokes. 5 days. 5 Themes. 5 Directors. 40 Shorts.

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I co-produced, co-wrote & co-star in the series, in which I play a plethora of characters. All under 30 seconds, check out selected clips under BROAD STROKES or watch all 40 micro-shorts on wmmoriginals & BroadStrokesFilms.com.

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Valley High

For some awesomely inappropriate humor check
this romp of a short written and directed by Will
Campisano.

Projects


CHECK OUT SOME OF THE CHARACTERS I HAVE PLAYED & PROJECTS I HAVE WORKED ON…

Contact


Commercial & Theatrical Agent: Kate Ward

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Manager: Gary Churchwell

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About


Welcome and thank you for virtually visiting me…


British born, raised in Northern California, and with East Indian roots, my childhood was an intense blend of Bollywood and ballet, martial arts and musicals and many more cultural conundrums. I grew up speaking five languages, equally loving all cinema, from the swirling dramas drenched in song that Bollywood gave me to the fierce, raw indies and satirical dark comedies that made me think and feel, and everything in between. I love all art. Even bad art.

Expression is everything. I love crafting and inhabiting characters and the opportunity to exercise empathy and communicate ideas. An avid lover of mythology, psychology and philosophy, I admire the many ways stories are told and the power they can have to stir something inside of us and inspire change. After graduating with degrees in English & Women’s Studies, I trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and am grateful for the opportunity to create.

I’ve played a slew of ethnically ambiguous characters but my favorite stage roles include Harper in Angels In America, Prudence in Beyond Therapy, and Susan in Do You Want to Buy My Brain?  As a member of San Francisco’s Jump! Theatre, I wrote, produced, and starred (as an actor/singer/dancer) in the moody, mixed-media production of Terminally Female: A Cabaret, before migrating to Los Angeles.


Television credits include roles on AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, THE FOSTERS and 
SCANDAL, and I can be seen in several short films (including festival darling JAM)indie cult feature DUST UP, and most recently in the series IN ABSENTIA (Remi Winner at the Houston International Film Festival) and features THUMPER (which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival) and 20 WEEKS (premiering at the LA Film Festival this June).


I aim to contribute content that matters. A
longside being an actor, I redefined the term “short” and negated all notions of typecasting with my comedic series, BROAD STROKES, am developing the psychological thriller (STAIN), and recently produced/starred in a feature film (ABOUT STRANGERS) and short film (BREAK) – under the umbrella of my production company, Elegant Grotesque.

I also serve as Editor-in-Chief of the L.A. based film collective We Make Movies and am one half of the nascent musical duo Vatavaran.