Mayuran Tiruchelvam

Assistant Professor
George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Social Justice Fiction Filmmaking
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Mayuran Tiruchelvam is a screenwriter and producer of fiction and non-fiction stories for film and television. His filmmaking is fueled by a vision for a more compassionate and openhearted world. His activist work focuses on the abolition of prisons and policing, as well as solidarity building between global communities in resistance.

His feature screenwriting and co-producing debut, neo-noir THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE, executive produced by Spike Lee, was released by eOne in April 2015 and a critics' pick from the Village Voice and

Mayuran's producing credits include the documentaries TO BE TAKEI – a portrait of actor, activist, and pop-culture maverick George Takei (Star Trek), which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN - following beloved San Francisco author's journey to open-hearted LGBTQ icon (winner, Audience Award, 2017 SXSW). His fiction producing credits include ACROSS THE SEA (Audience Award, Slamdance 2015), a Turkish-U.S. romantic drama; sibling comedy THE MEND (SXSW 2014) and the coming-of-age thriller MY FIRST KISS AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED.

He previously taught at Columbia University's graduate Film Division and Sacred Heart University's Film and Television Masters Program. He is a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and Film Independent Fellow, and a member of the Directors Guild of America.

EDUCATION: B.A.: African American Studies and American Studies, Wesleyan University MFA: Filmmaking, Columbia University.