Shebana Coelho
senior editor

          Shebana was born in Bombay, India and divides her time between Boston and New York. She is a freelance producer/writer of television and radio documentaries. She is currently working with IBA as an Associate Producer/Editor on NPR's Living Islam. With Julian Crandall Hollick, she has co-adapted the novel Samskara as as audio play for NPR and BBC Radio 3. She has also produced feature segments for National Public Radio's On the Media, including Bollywood Goes Borscht, on the nostalgia for Indian films within the Russian emigre community and Calling Home, on pay phone centers in immigrant communities. Producing credits for television include: Desi, an hour long documentary for Channel 13 about the South Asian Community in New York, four episodes of On the Team, a children's documentary series for Nickelodeon Cable and The Empire State Building for the Discovery Channel. Her narrative film experience has included works on projects like Mira Nair's Kama Sutra and Wrestling with Alligators, an independent feature showcases at the Sundance Film Festival. Her fiction has been work-shopped at the Unterberg Poetry Center with novelist Jonathan Levi (co-founder, Granta), The Writer's Studio, and Hedgebrook Artist's Colony. She was a semifinalist for the 2002 New Millennium Writing Award. She is currently working on a collection of short stories. Other projects in development include Post Colonial Subjects, a radio documentary about the impact of British Children's author Enid Blyton on the Indian imagination and a narrative film trilogy, Sights Unseen which features stories about race and perception. Sights Unseen recently received funding from the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) and was selected as a participant in the 2002 Sundance Indie Producer's Lab.

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