Geeta/Ravi V. Patel

PatelsGeeta is known for her emotional, form-pushing, and nontraditional style that merges documentary and dramatic forms. She is writer/director of the upcoming feature film Mouse, produced by Grant Hill (The Matrix, Tree of Life), choreography by Jeff Imada (Fight Club, Bourne Identity). Geeta also directed the real-life comedy Meet the Patels, Executive Produced by Academy Award Winner Geralyn Dreyfous. Prior to this, Geeta made her directorial debut with the documentary war thriller, Project Kashmir, which led to directing fellowships at Sundance and Tribeca. Geeta started as writer’s assistant in TV, and then served as Associate Screenwriter for Universal Pictures, ABC, NBC, and Twentieth Century Fox on titles that include The Fast and the Furious and Blue Crush. A graduate in Comparative Area Studies from Duke, Geeta was inspired to enter storytelling by Anthony Minghella, who she met while studying in Berlin. Geeta was recently Visiting Artist in Belarus and Turkey as one of 29 filmmakers chosen for President Obama’s film delegation.

Ravi’s directorial debut is the real-life romantic comedy Meet the Patels, Executive Produced by Academy Award Winner Geralyn Dreyfous. The film features Ravi’s family and his comedic take on a sequence of events that involve his mother and his love-life. As an actor, Ravi is most recognized for his work on Scrubs, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Transformers, Powder Blue, and The New Normal. In 2013, he co-founded This Bar Saves Lives– with actors Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell, and Kristen Bell – which gives a meal to a starving child for every granola bar they sell. Ravi also co-manages an investment group which focuses primarily on health, wellness, and social enterprise startups. Prior to joining the entertainment industry, Ravi was an investment banker and later founded the popular poker magazine ALL IN. He graduated from The University of North Carolina with double majors in Economics and International Studies. A die-hard Bears fan, he wants his own talk show, with Mike Ditka as his sidekick.

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