Set in a dying steel mill town, We Strangers explores the complicated relationships between a struggling cleaning woman, her mother, and her best friend.
About The Team
Anu Valia (Director, Writer) is an Indiana-born, New York-schooled filmmaker whose award-winning short films have screened across the country and abroad. Her most recent short film, Lucia, Before and After, won the Jury Prize for US Fiction at Sundance Film Festival. It was also an official selection at festivals around the world including South by Southwest, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival. Lucia was a recipient of Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology grant and is a companion piece to her feature, We Strangers. Anu is part of New York Film Festival’s 2017 Artist Academy and is an artist resident of SPACE at Ryder Farm. She’s most proud to be an ambassador for the American Film Showcase, a U.S film diplomacy program promoting arts involvement and education abroad.
Rachel Nederveld (Producer) is an independent and commercial producer. Recent projects include 2017 Webby nominated short doc Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words (dir. Felipe Lima, narrated by Owen Wilson) and David written and directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp (Marcel The Shell) starring Nathan Fielder (Nathan For You) and Jenny Slate (SNL). Her current projects include the feature Clara’s Ghost written and directed by Bridey Elliott starring Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott, Haley Joel Osment, and Isidora Goreshter as well as artist Allison O’Daniel’s acclaimed Tuba Thieves which has continual work-in-progress screenings internationally.