Veena Rao is a filmmaker based in New York City.
She loves the ability of film to allow us to dream and empathize with each other, and to influence how we view the world. In her own work, she is interested in revealing the extraordinary in the everyday. Learning about the experiences of others, and translating them into moving images is an incredible privilege and challenge for her.
Her work has screened at festivals in the U.S. and internationally, been featured on The New York Times Op-Docs, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Vimeo Staff Picks, broadcast on Current TV and the Documentary Channel, and supported by Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Her last film, Rebuilding in Miniature, won awards at Indie Memphis Film Festival and Indy Film Fest.
In 2018, she was a contributor for the winter, spring and fall issues of Pop-Up Magazine, a traveling live storytelling event in which artists adapt their work for the stage.
She is currently in development with filmmaker Dara Kell on a series about exiled artists from around the world.