I’m Manjula «thats how you spell it, and this is how you pronounce it» Mun-jo͞o-lah.
I love storytelling. It began when I was a kid living in Kerala, India, with my grandparents. They would tell me stories to keep me out of trouble—or so I've been told.
This passion for telling stories eventually evolved into filmmaking, and that landed me in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah, where I discovered that I didn’t like green jello but I did love the mountains and the southern red desert.
While living in SLC, I launched my boutique production company, Mirrorlake Films with a team of amazing creatives, and we focused on producing both long - and short - form documentaries. After a decade of producing work in Utah, I decided it was time to make my way to the West Coast. And so in 2015 I moved to the Bay Area where I discovered what an It’s-It was and that they are delicious. In 2017 I received my master’s in journalism from the University of California Berkeley School of Journalism, and I began producing pieces for Bay Area publications. So, I’m based in the Bay Area, but I’m always ready to go whereever the stories take me.
My work has been published in The New York Times, NYT Op-Docs, PBS, America Reframed, KQED, PBS News Hour, and The San Francisco Chronicle. It also has screened at Tribeca Film Festival, Eugene International Film Festival, Culture Unplugged Festival, and most recently at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. My films have garnered me two Emmys, a Telly Award and the Susan Rasky Award for Journalistic Excellence in Political Reporting.
It’s been 20 years since I started on this adventure of filmmaking, and my love for the craft continues to grow. My favorite part about making films is all the different people I get to meet and collaborate with along the way.
I love stories because they allow us to learn more about ourselves and the world we live in.
I believe everyone has a story to tell, and what I do best is find the heart of that story which the audience will connect with.
So please reach out. I’d love to hear from you.