Ashwini Prasad is a South Asian Indian immigrant to the United States but her life is more complex. She was born in Fiji Islands, raised in Calgary, AB and Vancouver, BC, and spent her adult life in the United States, mainly in the Pacific Northwest.
She let her creative pursuits go to the side, and completed three Masters degrees and thrive in the business world. Today, that determination and strategic and organizational skills are transferred to telling stories that stem from people erased from history as the center. Their stories are our stories, and their rich perspectives deserve to be told and celebrated.
Ashwini cultivates safe spaces for people to share stories. “Tapestry,” her first screenplay, is about sharing the South Asian Indian contributions in WW1, and the immigrant experience to a larger, non-academic audience and into popular culture. Her work, ” Squandering Providence,” is a combination of mainly comedy with some drama inspired by Broad City and Fleabag with a South Asian Indian, lesbian woman as the lead.
She is a firm believer in lifting others up to move from surviving, to striving, and then to thriving.
Tapestry Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama Born 100 years apart, two South Asian Indian women navigate decisions that intertwine them with heartwarming and heart wrenching ends.
Kismet Budget: $1M - $5M | Comedy ⋄ Drama A South Asian woman removes her traditional conditioning to transform into her true self in hysterical and challenging ways.
NW Film Center