Bio

Mayuran Tiruchelvam is a screenwriter and producer of fiction and non-fiction stories for film and television. He is a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow and Film Independent Fellow. His filmmaking is fueled by a vision for a more compassionate and openhearted world.

He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. From 2015-2016 he was the Artist in Residence at Sacred Heart University’s Masters of Film and Television program.

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 critic’s pick from the Village Voice and RogerEbert.com

Mayuran produced the documentary 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 was released theatrically by Starz Digital; and fiction features ACROSS THE SEA (winner, Audience Award, 2015 Slamdance Film Festival) a Turkish-U.S. romantic drama; and sibling comedy THE MEND (SXSW 2014), released by Cinelicious in 2015, and coming-of-age thriller MY FIRST KISS AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED (2016 LA Film Festival).

Mayuran works as a freelance story, budgeting, and production consultant for independent films and commercials. He recently supervised the production of ADIDAS’ international ad campaign featuring female athletes and produced and co-wrote Red Bull Music Academy’s short hip-hop documentary REVOLUTIONS ON AIR.

His short form productions, including DERBY KINGS, THE BOUNDARY, and DOMESTIC have aired on HBO, PBS, and at festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival, Starz Denver Festival, Palm Springs ShortsFest, Urban World, and Amnesty International Movies That Matter. He received the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Fred Rogers Scholarship and has received support from the Princess Grace Foundation, the Davis Putter Memorial Scholarship, the Producers Guild of America, and Off Hollywood.

While earning an MFA at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School, Mayuran received the Arthur Krim Memorial Award for Excellence in Producing and the Entertainment Partners Best Producer Award and served as a fellow in Producing, Post-Production, and Television Writing.

Mayuran earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He worked as a human rights observer in Latin America and a community organizer against the prison industrial complex in New York.

Education:
Columbia University, MFA in Film
Wesleyan University, BA in American Studies & African American Studies