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Award winning director, writer and Emmy nominated cinematographer Maninder “Indy" Saini grew up straddling two worlds, her American home base in rural Pennsylvania, and her dad’s homeland in Punjab, India. With her first passport at the age of 3, a passion for travel and a desire to understand different perspectives was planted, inspiring her creative journey as a filmmaker.
Her drive for stories with deep female friendships and finding hope in unexpected places sparked Indy’s directorial debut "The Lesson,” a short film garnering international awards including Best US Narrative at the Women’s International Film Festival in Miami.
Indy’s documentary work as cinematographer took her to the arctic to film “Ice Bear,” a National Geographic Wild special for which she received an Emmy Nomination.
Combining her creative mission and her passion for motorcycle riding, Indy directed and produced the documentary "Women in the Front Seat.” Captured while braving her first solo cross country trip, the film paints the diverse landscape and inspiring stories of women who not only drive their motorcycles but drive their lives. WITFS toured the festival circuit winning numerous Best Doc and Audience Awards. The film was distributed by Indie Rights Studios and is available on Amazon Prime.
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