Ambarish Manepalli (Director/Writer) was born in Hyderabad, India, immigrated to the United States at the age of three, and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, the setting for Cowboys Versus Indians. He holds both a BA in theater and an MFA in film from Columbia University, where he directed three short films and received Faculty Honors for his dramatic short, Ismael. His latest directorial effort, A Wink of the Eye, which was co-written by Christopher VanDijk and produced by Geoffrey Quan, premiered in 2010 at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, where it was honored a special citation for student filmmaking. In 2008, Ambarish was selected as a visiting director at La fémis, France’s prestigious national film school, and worked with French students and film professionals to create the short film Chassé Croisé. He currently lives in Paris, where he works as a writer, director, and editor for clients such as Microsoft, La Société du Grand Paris, Nanda Home and the international science initiative, Wiser-U. Ambarish has no pets, but does own a plant that he has affectionately named Monstruosa because she does not know how to die.