Arts Interview: Saila Kariat - Director, Writer, and Producer of ‘The Valley’

March 20, 2017

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Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Saila Kariat

Ruth Copland interviews Saila Kariat, director, writer and producer of the film The Valley, a poignant and haunting film which ponders some deeply human questions - What does it mean to really connect as human beings? How well do we actually know those we love and know ourselves? Are we willing and able to let others be who they truly are?

The Valley is the feature directorial debut for Saila Kariat. Although she has had a lifelong passion for film, Saila began her career as an engineer having obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering. She was a research staff member at the prestigious IBM T.J. Watson research center, worked as a development manager at IBM overseeing twenty eight engineers, and as director of marketing at a high tech start-up.  She subsequently started a residential construction busines. During this time, she somehow found time to also pursue her lifelong desire to become a film-maker, and obtained a Bachelor’s in Film from San Jose State, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. Saila has since directed several short films and has written shorts and feature length screenplays. Her screenplay “Minor Gods” was selected as a finalist for best feature screenplay at the California State University Media Arts Festival.

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