Tanuj Chopra is writer/director/producer and television showrunner from Northern California with 5 feature films to his name. His first feature film Punching at the Sun about South Asian teenagers coming of age in post 9/11 Queens premiered at the 2006 Sundance and Tribeca film festivals + won the grand jury prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film festival. Variety called the fiery debut “a display of talent that's distinctive, original and iconoclastic.” Punching at the Sun was the first South Asian American feature to ever be selected to Sundance.
Tanuj's most recent award winning feature Staycation won the grand jury prize at the 2018 LA film festival in the Muse section. His other award winning titles Grass and Chee and T were both acquired in 2017 by genre leader Comedy Dynamics and available to watch on Netflix. Chee and T premiered at 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where it won a jury prize for comedy.
Chopra holds a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in film direction from Columbia University where he was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship. He was recently selected to the 2018 Sundance Episodic Lab, the Fox Global Filmmaker Initiative and the Sony TV directors lab. He's a member of Temple University's faculty and teaches ‘Directing the Actor’ in the university’s Los Angeles Film program. He’s currently showrunning and executive producing season 2 of Delhi Crime for Netflix.