Natasha Kermani is an Iranian-American filmmaker and cofounder of Illium Pictures, an independent production company based out of Brooklyn, NY. Kermani's feature length narrative work includes science fiction film IMITATION GIRL, starring Lauren Ashley Carter (Darling, The Woman), and SHATTERED, a family drama starring Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) and Molly Burnett (Days of our Lives). Recently produced work also includes LET’S FALL OUT, an independent hourlong action-adventure pilot geared towards the ever growing ‘gamer’ audience. Short form work includes THE MENTORS, a scripted web series created by comedian Lewis Black, for which she won Best Director at the NYC Web Fest, and POLE, a short film starring online personality Stefanie Woodburn, which is the first film funded entirely on Twitch.tv and premiered at TwitchCon in San Diego 2016.
A graduate of NYU’s UGFTV program, Kermani has been fortunate to be invited as a speaker on a variety of panels focusing on women in the arts, including the Chesapeake Film Festival’s Women in Film event (hosted by Liza Moore) and a bicentennial event at Emma Willard School, where she spoke for an audience of more than fifty high school aged girls. She is also a regular guest at the NYU Production Lab’s alumnae panel, speaking about independent film directing to NYU students. Kermani is also an enthusiastic member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s Community Orchestra, whose profits from ticket sales go towards paying for sorely needed music education in several of Brooklyn’s underserved public schools. Her music compositions are also frequently featured in her work and are available, along with selected films, on her website: www.natashakermani.com