Director, Writer, Producer, Co-Editor
Born in Singapore, Sandi published a cult zine called The Exploding Cat at 16 and at 22 became the film critic at The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest newspaper. Then she threw all that away to run off to film school at Columbia University. Her short films Moveable Feast and Gourmet Baby have played at over 100 film festivals including the New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand and at venues like MoMA, as well as broadcast internationally on RAI, SBS and ZDF/arte.
She is also the author of The Black Isle (Hachette USA), an epic novel that re-imagines Singapore’s 20th century as a ghost story. It was a Publishers Weekly “Pick of the Week,” and has been described as an “ambitious” (Los Angeles Times), “cinematic” (Kirkus Reviews) and “gulpable” “psychosexual odyssey” (Vogue) that is “both epic and intimate” (LA Weekly). The novel has been translated into Dutch, Turkish and Polish.
She was a 2016 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow and a 2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. Her film Shirkers made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival where she won a Directing award, and the film was acquired by Netflix Originals for an October 26, 2018 global premiere (195 countries, 25 languages). The film has earned enthusiastic reviews including in The New Yorker, Film Comment, The Guardian (5/5 star review), Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Newsweek and The Boston Globe. She was named one of Variety’s “10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch” of 2018 and one of Indiewire’s “20 Rising Female Directors of 2018.”
She lives in Pasadena, California.
Producer Jessica Levin has been producing award-winning, premium episodic series for the last ten years. Projects have included Cary Fukunaga’s MANIAC/Netflix (Emma Stone, Jonah Hill) and his award-winning Season One of TRUE DETECTIVE/HBO, Emmy-nominated limited series GODLESS/Netflix by Scott Frank, HBO pilots by Scorsese (VINYL), Steve McQueen (CODES OF CONDUCT), and David Simon (THE DEUCE) as well as Todd Haynes’ mini-series MILDRED PIERCE/HBO, David Simon’s SHOW ME A HERO/HBO, three seasons of TREME/HBO, and Season One of DIVORCE/HBO with Sarah Jessica Parker.
Levin’s career started as an indie film producer of such festival prize-winning films as DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT (Cannes Director’s Fortnight, Gotham and Independent Spirit Award winner), GRACE IS GONE and SLEEP DEALER (Sundance prize-winners.)
Maya is a writer, producer, and post-production supervisor based in Los Angeles. Maya began her career in Beijing, where she directed the award-winning short films Iceberg and Horoscope, set in the Beijing rock scene. She is the former bilingual head writer and producer of Zhimajie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. As a post-supervisor, she has overseen feature films such as Lucy Malloy's Una Noche, Rain Li's Beijing New York, and Azazel Jacobs' The Lovers. She has produced non-fiction films and series for VICE, The Creator's Project, Netflix, and more. And no, she’s not that Maya Rudolph, but she does love Prince.
Sound Editor & Sound Design
Lawrence is a sound editor and re-recording mixer specializing in innovative nonfiction films. His feature work includes Robert Greene’s BISBEE ‘17 (Sundance 2018), the Ross Bros’ WESTERN (Sundance Award Winner), 45365 (Grand Jury SXSW, Independent Spirit Award) and CONTEMPORARY COLOR (Tribeca Award Winner), Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen’s SPETTACOLO, and many more. Lawrence has mixed documentary TV for Participant Media, Fox Sports, Fusion, and PBS, as well as nonfiction shorts for TIME Inc, Field of Vision, Vanity Fair, ESPN, CNN’s Great Big Stories, andThe New York Times Op-Docs. He has lectured on film sound in storytelling at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri and David Lynch’s MA in Film program, been an advisor for the Saul Zaentz Innovation Labs, and is a staunch proponent of the importance of sound as a storyteller and world-builder in the art of nonfiction film.