Discipline: Film/Video – feature

Alisha Tejpal

Discipline: Film/Video – feature
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Alisha Tejpal is an Indian filmmaker, writer, producer, and editor. Her work varies in form from experimental, essayistic, and docu/fiction hybrids, but their commonality lies in their investigation of the invisible.

Alisha’s work has screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Sundance, Rotterdam, Camden International Film Festival, Black Canvas, Leeds Film Festival, and Dharamshala International Film Festival, among others. Her first short, Lata, won multiple awards and is currently available on Mubi and the Criterion Channel. She was a 2021 Sundance Institute Fellow and North Star Fellow at the Points North Institute and holds an M.F.A. in film direction from the California Institute of the Arts.

While at MacDowell, she co-wrote her first feature length script, For the Eyes are Blind to the Stairwells, with Fellow Mireya Martinez. Centering its exploration on the themes of micro-violence and generational collective trauma, this film, much like her short, will continue to explore caste and class issues that plague urban living in India.



Alisha Tejpal worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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