About the Filmmaker
Ria Tobaccowala is an Indian-American writer-director. Her most recent short film, Shadows, was selected for the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and is now streaming on HBO Max. Her first short film, Life After, was selected for several prestigious film festivals around the world, and won best short fiction film at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival. Her newest project User Zero, a television series about treating mental health with artificial intelligence, received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Ria is a graduate of both Harvard, and NYU’s Graduate Film program. Raised on Chicago’s South Side as a first-generation American, she explores racial identity, womanhood, immigration, and multiculturalism in her films.