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Ria Tobaccowala

Ria Tobaccowala is an Indian-American Filmmaker from Chicago. Ria is a thesis student pursuing an MFA in filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, she directed a short film, LIFE AFTER, which was selected for film festivals including Sarasota, Cleveland, Florida, Outfest Fusion, March on Washington and the Chicago South Asian Film Festival. Ria produced 10 short films at NYU, included in festivals such as New Hampshire, Cucalorus and Comic Con. Ria is a grant recipient of the New Hollywood Emerging Voices program and member of the Producers Guild of America Student Program.

Before graduate school, Ria began her career at Google. With a passion for storytelling and technology, she led the development of social web experiences and innovations using Google products with content partners, such as The New York Times, ESPN, Fox, NBC, The Food Network and Sony. Ria produced the 2015 YouTube interview with President Obama. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

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