About Shuchi

Shuchi Talati is a writer/director and story consultant based in New York City who works on both narrative and documentary projects. She focuses on helping filmmakers unearth their intentions and find the right form for the story they wish to tell.  

Shuchi’s own films explore gender, female sexuality, identity, and power dynamics in relationships. Her feature film, GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS—about a teenage daughter and her mother’s dual coming-of-age—premiered at Sundance, where it won an Audience Award and a Special Jury Award for Acting. Previously, the script won numerous accolades, including the competitive Aide aux Cinémas du Monde grant from CNC, and the Sørfond grant from the Norwegian Film Institute. It also secured funding from Région Île de France. It won the ARTEKino Prize by French-German TV company ARTE. The script for GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS was selected for several prestigious script workshops, including Berlinale Script Station, Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Lab, and Cine Qua Non Script Lab.

Past films that Shuchi wrote and directed include A PERIOD PIECE, which premiered at SXSW, and MAE AND ASH, which won multiple awards and went on to become a Vimeo Staff Pick.

Shuchi is experienced at crafting pitches, look books, and advancing projects through film markets. GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS was a rare project to win multiple awards at the Berlinale Co-Production Market; and Shuchi also pitched the film at Gotham Week (previously IFP Week) and NFDC Film Bazaar Co-Production Market in India. This allowed the project to find co-producers, investors, a sales agent, and connect with festival programmers. Shuchi produced the short film HONOLULU by writer / director Maya Tanaka, and together they pitched the film at and won the Tribeca x Chanel Through Her Lens grant.

Shuchi also enjoys working on documentaries and non-fiction series. In pre-production, she consults on conceptualization, treatment writing and interview-prep; and in post-production she consults with the director and editor to craft the best story from the material on hand. Shuchi’s credits include BEING MARY TYLER MOORE, an Emmy-nominated feature documentary that was an official selection at SXSW, and was acquired by HBO. Shuchi also story produced the vérité series WE ARE: THE BROOKLYN SAINTS for Netflix directed by Rudy Valdez, and WYATT CENAC’S PROBLEM AREAS, which interrogated racist policing and where one of her episodes was nominated for a GLAAD Award.

She has a MFA from the American Film Institute. She also has a BA in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and a post-graduation in Social Communications Media. She is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, and the National Writers’ Union.