Anu Rana

Associate Professor // Cinema Production, Directing, Screenwriting
School of Cinematic Arts
Anu Rana

Bio and Research Information

Born in India, Anuradha Rana is an independent filmmaker based in Chicago. She has produced and directed award-winning films in India, Ecuador, Japan, South Africa and the USA including 'Preserves', 'For the Records', 'Variations', and 'Ring Laila' that focus on themes of identity, representation, and varied perspectives in a global environment. She is currently in production on 'Language of Opportunity', a feature length documentary about cultural identity and immigrant aspirations amongst Indian families, and in post-production on 'Superdogs (wt)' that follows three women mushers in the Upper-Midwest. Her short, experimental documentary, counter//balance, is currently playing in festivals including Ethnografilm Paris, the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, The Big Muddy and London Experimental Film Festival to name a few. Anuradha is the program coordinator for the Diverse Voices in Doc Fellowship organized by Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, The Interruptors, Minding the Gap) and Community Film Workshop of Chicago. She was recently named one of Chicago Film’s 50 Screen Gems of 2017 by Newcity Magazine and one of four fellows for the Center for Asian Arts and Media’s 2019 Fellowship and is an Assistant Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at DePaul University.

Research Area

Cinema Production, Directing, Screenwriting

Specific Research Area

Visual Storytelling; Short Film; Documentary; Transmedia; Indian Film; International Filmmakers; Image Design; Media Outreach and Social Engagement.

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Schedule for Fall 2021-2022

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