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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 20 June 1974Manipur, India
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Govindini Murty is a writer, actress, and independent filmmaker. Govindini has a B.A. from Yale University and has been published in the The Atlantic and The Huffington Post and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Indiewire's Criticwire. Govindini was born in India and moved to Canada when she was seven. Her father was an author and senior official in the Indian government and her mother is a Canadian anthropologist. When Govindini was fifteen, she lived a year on the island of Borneo, Malaysia. Govindini graduated from Yale University with a BA in East Asian Studies in 1997. Govindini went on to pursue acting in Vancouver, then Los Angeles, working in independent films, TV, commercials, and theater. She has done commercials for companies such as Allstate Insurance, Staples, and General Electric. Govindini has been a member of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, playing numerous roles, including Miranda in "The Tempest." Other stage roles include Lady Nijo in "Top Girls" and Margot in "Dial "M" for Murder," for which she won a Best Actress Award. From 2003-2004, Govindini wrote and acted in the independent feature "Terminal Island," directed by Jason Apuzzo. Irvin Kershner, director of "The Empire Strikes Back" mentored Govindini and Jason on "Terminal Island." Since then, Govindini has become an in-demand commentator on film, appearing on ABC's "At the Movies," CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, France's Canal Plus, AMC's "The Movie Club, and numerous national radio talk shows. In 2007, Govindini co-hosted (with Richard Roeper) an episode of ABC's "At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper," the most popular movie review show in America. In 2010, Govindini and Jason Apuzzo launched Libertas Film Magazine, which covers independent films with a focus on human rights and individual freedom. Govindini has gone on to write film commentary at The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and other sites, and regularly covers film festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, and TCM. Govindini has interviewed such notable film figures as Kurt Russell, Stan Lee, Werner Herzog, Maureen O'Hara, Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Tippi Hedren, Jane Russell, George Takei, and many others. Govindini has also interviewed women directors like Catherine Hardwicke, Lynn Shelton, and Lake Bell, and often writes about the need for greater representation of women both on-screen and behind the camera in Hollywood's movies. In 2013, Govindini spoke at Social Media Week LA's "Power Women in Entertainment" panel. Govindini also has a strong interest in space exploration, having visited NASA-JPL many times, and has written about the need for more movies that accurately represent space science. As of 2015, Govindini has several sci-fi projects in development and is also acting in and producing the WWII sci-fi film "UFO Diary," edited by Emmy Award-winning ABC editor Mitchell Danton, with VFX by Antony Vannapho ("The Avengers," "The Twilight Saga"), Kiel Figgins ("X-Men: First Class," "Oblivion"), Sean Dollins ("Prometheus," "Captain America"), Rini Sugianto ("The Hunger Games," "Iron Man 3"), and other talented VFX artists.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (4)

She was named after the Hindu god Govinda. Her last name Murty is Sanskrit for "the image of the god."
Govindini speaks English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and some Hindi and Malay. She has also studied Latin, and spoke Bengali and Manipuri as a child.
Frequently writes film pieces for The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and Libertas Film Magazine, and has also co-hosted ABC's "At the Movies," as well as appearing on AMC's "The Movie Club," CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer," and such networks as MSNBC, BBC, Fox News, French Canal Plus, Japanese NHK, Dutch national TV, South Asia World, and other international networks.
A co-founder of the Liberty Film Festival, which from 2004 to 2008 held events in West Hollywood, California screening pro-freedom, pro-democracy films from around the world.

Personal Quotes (2)

The Liberty Film Festival was founded in Los Angeles to celebrate free speech, individual rights, and democracy around the world, and was active from 2004 to 2008. The festival is currently on hiatus.
I wish that film makers today would stick to entertaining people and leave out the gratuitous political jabs.

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