SAPNA GANDHI

Actress | Producer | Writer | Singer

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BREAK IS FILMED & IN POST!


So excited to have produced and shot this little gem of a short film, BREAK, by the very talented Jennie Fahn. Dark, funny & feminist, this story is worth telling & I’m honored to be making it. We’re in post!  Stay tuned…

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SPINDRIFT LIVE PERFORMANCE!


spindrift showI had the amazing opportunity to co-write a Bollywood fusion song with the groundbreaking neo-western, psychedelic rock band, SPINDRIFT, a few year ago.

 

We are gearing up to make a music video to accompany the song, but in the meantime, we got to perform the song at a concert! 

 

So. Much. Fun!

 

 

 

 

ABOUT STRANGERS LAUNCHING


I am so fortunate to have a rock star team supporting me (read: submitting me) for the many fantastic opportunities that come via auditions. I get to regularly practice my craft, which is more than so many other deserving actors get to say… but I still enjoy content creation so I am so excited to be producing and starring in the feature, ABOUT STRANGERS!

Here is the campaign … Please contribute if you can & follow us on the site!

On Set & @ The Opening of Valentine Studios


On set of the pilot KAREN OF GOD and then off to celebrate the re-opening of an iconic Hollywood recording studio, Valentine Studio (home of the Beach Boys, Bing Crosby & more!). Acting always comes first, but I do sing as well and lately I’ve found myself seizing more singing opportunities. The latest was singing Fleetwood Mac’s epic “Rhiannon” accompanied by a stellar live band of insanely talented musicians. Truly honored and lucky!

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Making Music With SPINDRIFT


So thrilled to be a part of this project with the amazing band, SPINDRIFT and it’s fearless leader KP. Bivas Biswas & I wrote and sang the Hindi lyrics to the retro Bollywood-inspired single, recorded in the famous Valentine Studios (the original playground of such legends as The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby, among others)! Stay tuned for details on a music video to accompany this awesome track!

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Living Above the Line


the-naked-actor-sapna-300x200I stumbled upon an insightful video this past week and although it wasn’t specifically targeted towards actors, I find it to be an inspirational gem that is absolutely relevant and applicable to our industry.

 

Check out the video and an article I wrote to accompany it on wemakemovies.org.

 

Gentlemen, You Are Not Exempt (Sapna’s Rebuttal to Sam)


the-naked-actor-sapna-300x200Speaking my Truth on the We Make Movies site through my new column, The Naked Actor.

“… I could launch into an academic diatribe about why and how these patriarchal themes permeate our culture and where this type of thought originates from, but I will abridge and highlight certain aspects of feminist hegemony and instead focus on artistic integrity.

The bottom line is this: When anyone is written as incomplete, relegated to a boring or insulting trope, is continually marginalized and considered tertiary, or is simply written to be uninteresting, everyone suffers. Quality suffers. Writers suffer. Actors suffer. Filmmakers suffer. Storytelling suffers. When characters are written poorly, if we don’t comment, make suggestions and provide a possibility of alternate solutions, we are inherently winking at bad filmmaking…”

Check out the whole article here.

THE KILLER, THE SINGER & THE WOMAN WHO RAN


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Very excited to introduce the poster for the film I am producing and starring in, THE KILLER, THE SINGER & THE WOMAN WHO RAN!

 

Feeling a wealth of gratitude for Jason Stare for the design of this wicked poster, using the fabulous artwork of David Turley.

 

 

Please find us on Facebook & give us some love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Quick Look @2014


LAUGHS-still-for-FOR-WEBSITE11/17 – Read the role of “Priya” in Douglas Knox’s USELESS TALK.

10/10 – Read the role of “Rita” in Douglas Knox’s DON’T FORGET ME.

9/25 – The ladies of BROAD STROKES get interviewed on Shootin’ The Shit with Scotty J.!

9/19 – The ladies of BROAD STROKES get interviewed by Blogtalkradio’s A KIND VOICE

9/6 FOX’s 1/2 Hour Comedy Series LAUGHS airs another episode of BROAD STROKES.

8/23 – FOX’s 1/2 Hour Comedy Series LAUGHS airs an episode of BROAD STROKES.

8/20 – Select episodes of BROAD STROKES screen at the El Cid’s Web Series Unplugged.

7/28 – Played neurotic, comfort eating, gal pal “Stacey” in AMBER ALERT, another installment of the WMM Sketch Show shot at the YouTube Space LA.

6/30 BROAD STROKES is launched! The innovative roll out, features a daily, comedic micro-short released over the course of two months (June – August).

JAM-shoot6/18 – 6/27BROAD STROKES premieres at WMMFest and enjoys a five night run!

5/17 – Played a pissed-off hippie in the desert in Brett Fleisher’s short film JAM (releasing in 2015).

5/14 – Read in Susan Lee’s female driven, sci-fi thriller WRATH.

4/21 – Played “Diane” in the WORST WINGMAN EVER, shot at YouTube Studios LA.

4/19 – Played a panicky party-goer, a nosy neighbor, a lady-who-lunches, a Stepford wife-esque mother-to-be and an awkward moment in a full face mask in the #smh tuesdays portion of BROAD STROKES.

Stripping-Shakespeare-Shoot4/9 –  Knifed in Venice gives a glowing review of the bawdy & brainy STRIPPING SHAKESPEARE, in which I play feminist heroine, Emilia from OTHELLO.

3/28 – Played a chola girl, a sniffling hot mess, an opinionated roomie, patronizing girlfriend & (yup) Liz Taylor in the Hump Day How-To’s portion of BROAD STROKES.

3/12 – Performed in Laura Mannino’s hilarious, scripted sketch TOP DIVORCED CHEF.

3/10 – Played a bathing drunkard, a bohemian lesbian, a naughty Brit, an OCD nut on a date & a gyno patient in the Dating Ambiguities & Other Atrocities portion of BROAD STROKES.

3/3 – Played Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, Vicki Lake, Martha Vickers & Lauren Bacall in the Film Noir Fridays portion of BROAD STROKES.

Worst-Wingman-Ever-Sketch2/15 – Played sensible “Sally Clark” in Will Campisano’s fantastically off-color, comedic short, VALLEY HIGH.

2/12 – Read “Rachel” in Michael Beardsley’s WORST WINGMAN EVER.

2/5 – Read the role of “Bar Accuser” in Patrick Duncan’s spunky short film PERFECT GENTLEMAN.

1/23 – Read the romantic lead of “Lina” in Jon Rannells’ feature SEE YOU IN SYLMAR.

1/16 – Performed improv at WMM’s Sketch/Improv Night

Wrapping Up 2013


This year was so full of opportunities, amazing auditions, bookings and creative endeavors in general. A few highlights that don’t show up on my resume that I’m pretty proud of…

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In October, I wrote an article for the film collective We Make Movies  & for  MovieMaker Magazine! Check out my article, HOW TO SCORE INDIE STYLE about  Jordan Passman  (who made the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2013) & his company.

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RECORDED AN ORIGINAL SONG WITH INDIE BAND SPINDRIFT
I recorded a neo-spaghetti western/psychedelic tune with indie band,  SPINDRIFT!  Thanks to fellow actor/songwriter Bivas Biswas & musician extraordinaire,  Kirpatrick Thomas for making that happen. Stay tuned for a music video…

 

logo_bollywoodworkoutDOONYA – THE BOLLYWOOD WORKOUT
It had been a while since I had danced and this year Bollywood dance found me again. I fell in love with DOONYA, a high impact fitness regime incorporating four Indian styles of dance (most recently pimped out by Bollywood Superstar Priyanka Chopra in Elle Magazine). Check out their site and this segment on Live with Kelly & Michael, buy the DVD’s, and find a class near you!

 

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.