Meet the 2016 Feature Fellow


The best word one could use to describe Amyn Kaderali’s background would be: unique. As one of the few Indian-Americans in a Bay Area suburb with parents who were raised in Tanzania and Scotland, it was not unusual for Amyn to hear Swahili spoken at home while his Scottish grandmother made Indian curries alongside “shephard’s pie.”  This one-of-a-kind childhood, rich with diverse cultural experiences, has served as the foundation for Amyn’s skills  and versatility as a storyteller.

Amyn received his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program, where he wrote and directed several award-winning short films before making the provocative romantic comedy feature film “Kissing Cousins.”  He was later chosen to be a 2010 Disney/ABC Directing Fellow, which resulted in directing an episode of ABC’s Private Practice. More recently, he completed the Warner Brothers Television Directors Workshop and has been pitching his two new TV dramas, the “shark-out-of-water” Fishkill (with Wendy Finerman Prods.) and the crime sagaCommunity Gun (with Cinema Gypsy Prods.) before he directs the CW’sSupernatural this winter. He is honored to be the 2016 CineStory Fellow for his screenplay Chokora, about street kids struggling to survive in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.  As his two year-old son would say, “Hoo-way!”

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