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A twenty-something East Indian man, with long dark sideburns, a short-cropped beard and short hair, he wears a blue shirt and black suit jacket, he looks off to the side Sharat Raju
Writer / Director

Sharat Raju received an MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute. AMERICAN MADE, his thesis film, earned both of the AFI’s top two honors in directing. The film has screened at numerous film festivals around the world, winning 17 international awards. Among the accolades are: Tribeca Film Festival Student Visionary Award; Angelus Award Grand Prize; San Diego Film Festival Best Short Film and British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Sciences (Los Angeles) Excellence in Short Filmmaking Award.

In September 2004, Sharat appeared in Esquire magazine as one of 20 young film school graduates to watch. Prior to graduate school he worked for acclaimed casting director Mali Finn on feature films including 8 Mile, Matrix Revolutions, and Matrix Reloaded. Sharat graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English and earned national awards as a college journalist. He is currently directing and producing the feature documentary, Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath, a chronicle of hate crimes in the United States after Sept. 11, 2001. Sharat has re-teamed with his AMERICAN MADE crew to bring Divided We Fall to the screen.

A twenty-something European American man with short spiky black hair, he wears a black t-shirt and looks at the camera with a closed-mouth smile Marcus Cano

After graduating from Brigham Young University in Utah with degrees in film production and business management, Marcus Cano worked as a producer for KBYU, a PBS television station in Utah, and then at the television newsmagazine Dateline NBC, in New York. He earned an MFA in Producing at the American Film Institute. His Masters thesis production, AMERICAN MADE, earned 17 international awards and screened at nearly 40 film festivals across the globe. Cano also created and operated the highly successful online casting company, He is currently completing the feature documentary, Megarexia, and producing Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath.

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