Assistant Professor, School of Film and Television
Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES
Leena Pendharkar is an award-winning writer/director/producer working in new media and traditional film
B.A., English/Public Policy Analysis
M.A., Documentary Film Production
September 2012 Received grant from Celtx software for So Natural sketches.
May 2011 Development grant for sophomore feature, A Day with Dandekar.
August 2010 Sophomore feature screenplay was selected for prestigious workshop
April 2010 For Raspberry Magic.
April 2008 First prize for short film about jazz artist Lesa Terry.
The Aerogram online
For a limited time on Vimeo, you can watch Dandekar Makes a Sandwich, a short film about one man’s quest to make the perfect sandwich. The under-10-minute film is set at a grocery store where retiree RK Dandekar, played by Brian George (Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory), seeks out his ingredients.view more
A Los Angeles couple in their 30s, Maya Closson and Ronan Baines, must decide whether or not to move forward with their pregnancy after their baby is diagnosed with a serious health issue at the 20-week scan. Their doctor advises them of their options: They can terminate by week 23, or continue with the pregnancy. But before making any further choices, they are advised to undergo genetic testing to see if the issue is associated with any genetic syndromes. The couple can’t think straight. While they’re in love with their baby, they’re divided on what his quality of life will be, and immediately there is a huge wedge in their relationship. What follows is a roller coaster of highs and lows and a very difficult set of decisions that have to be made.view more
LA Weekly online
“When I first moved here, I was like, ‘Where are all the punk kids?,” says Sharon Mooney, describing coming to Los Angeles to teach at Loyola Marymount University two years ago. “The first place I saw one was at the library. I saw a girl wearing an Adicts shirt and I was like, ‘OK, I gotta hang out at the library.'”view more
Grrrls on Film Loyola Marymount University