Cherien Dabis is an award winning filmmaker who made her feature debut with Amreeka. The film world-premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the coveted critics award at Cannes. It went on to win a dozen more international awards and was nominated for a Best Picture Gotham Award, 3 Independent Spirit Awards and was named one of the Top Ten Independent Films of the Year by the National Board of Review. Dabis opened the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with her second feature May In the Summer, which had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival. A television writer and director, her credits include The L Word, Empire, and The Sinner.