About the Filmmaker
Vaishali Sinha is an award-winning filmmaker originally from India. She is the director/producer of the recently released feature documentary ASK THE SEXPERT about a 93-year-old sex advice columnist in India who gains popularity despite the ban on sex education in schools in several states in India. The film premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival 2017, won the jury award for Best Documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival, received a nomination for a Grierson Award in 2018 and the Critics Choice Award for "Best Documentary" in India in 2018. ASK THE SEXPERT has traveled to over 40 prestigious film festivals globally and was invited to IDFA Amsterdam as "Best of Fests". The film is available on Netflix India as a top pick, and premiered on PBS in the US in 2018. The film will have a theatrical release in India in 2019.
ASK THE SEXPERT is a presentation by her company Coast to Coast Films.
Vaishali also Co-Directed/Produced the feature documentary MADE IN INDIA about the personal stories behind the phenomenon of outsourcing surrogate mothers to India. The film premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival and aired on PBS in 2012. The film received several Jury awards at festivals and was nominated for the Ridenhour Prize for excellence in truth-telling. Made in India is currently a case study at Harvard Business School for their class on ethics.
Vaishali has received support for her films from ITVS, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Fund, Firelight Media, Playboy Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Fledgling Fund, Center for Asian American Media, Mozilla, Economist Magazine, Nextpix, Hot Docs Forum and more. She has also produced numerous independent shorts as well as commissioned works for clients. She has showcased her work on leading news outlets, festivals, museums, educational institutes, conferences and online platforms.
In the past Vaishali has worked with filmmakers Bishakha Datta (Point of View, Mumbai), Kiran and Abhan Deohans (Candid Creations, Mumbai), Mira Nair (Mirabai Films, NY) and Richard Wormser (Videoline Productions, NY). Vaishali is a 2016 Firelight Media Fellow and a 2019 Flaherty Seminar Fellow. She has a Bacherlor’s in Physics from St. Xavier’s Mumbai, and a diploma in Film Production from the New School University (NY) where she graduated with a special recognition for her thesis film Choose Life?
Vaishali is originally from Mumbai, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Fred Lassen, a Music Supervisor and their four-year-old son Luca.
Other Industry Work:
Film Programmer, “reconference”, Film and Arts Conference, 2019
Post Production Supervisor “306 Hollywood”, 2018
Screening Committee Member, Brooklyn Film Festival, 2018
Jury Member, Documentary Features, Florida Film Festival, 2012
Film Programmer, New Jersey Independent South Asian Cinefest, 2006