Aneesh Chaganty (/ /; born January 30, 1991) is an American film director and screenwriter. He made his feature film directorial debut with the 2018 thriller Searching, for which he won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
|Born||January 30, 1991|
Redmond, Washington, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
Early life and backgroundEdit
Aneesh Chaganty was born in Redmond, Washington, and grew up in San Jose, California. His parents, originally from Andhra Pradesh, India, moved to the U.S. in the 1980s. His father, who obtained an MS degree in computer engineering from Drexel University, serves as a director and Chief Technology Officer at a software publishing, consultancy and supply company founded by both his parents, AppEnsure Inc.
In 2014, Chaganty's two minute short film, a Google Glass spot called Seeds, became an internet sensation after garnering more than 1 million YouTube views in 24 hours. Following its success, Chaganty was invited to join the Google 5 team at Google Creative Lab in New York City, where he spent two years developing, writing and directing Google commercials.
After working on over 25 short films and videos, Chaganty directed his first feature film, Searching, which was originally pitched as a short film but was offered a production budget for a feature instead, was released on August 24, 2018 before opening wide on August 31, also premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018.
Chaganty's second film Run, a thriller starring Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen, was set to be released on January 24, 2020, then May 8, 2020, but was pushed back because of COVID-19, and was released on Hulu on November 20, 2020, and internationally by Netflix on April 2, 2021.
|2012||Monsters||Yes||Yes||Also film editor|
|2014||Google Glass: Seeds||Yes||Story|
|2018||Searching||Yes||Yes||Feature directorial debut|
|2018||Made in Hollywood||Himself||Season 13
|2010||The Liaison||Himself||Short film|
|2014||Google Glass: Seeds||Traveller||Short film|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2018||Locarno Film Festival||Variety Piazza Grande Award||Searching||Nominated|
|Sundance Film Festival||Best of Next!||Won|
|Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
(shared with Sev Ohanian)
|Sydney Film Festival||Best Narrative Feature||Nominated|
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- "Google Glass short film 'Seeds' hits the spot for Mother's Day". Tech Times. 11 May 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 16, 2018). "Screen Gems Adds John Cho-Debra Messing Thriller 'Searching' To August Schedule". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
- "2018 Sundance Film Festival: Feature Films Announced". Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute. November 29, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
- Vlessing, Etan (January 31, 2019). "Lionsgate Suspense Thriller 'Run' Sets 2020 Release Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
- Couch, Aaron (January 17, 2020). "Lionsgate Thriller 'Run' Release Date Pushed Back 4 Months". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
- "Aneesh Chaganty's Thriller 'Run' Starring Sarah Paulson Lands Release Date at Hulu". 22 September 2020.
- "Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen's thriller Run, directed by Searching helmer Aneesh Chaganty, to stream on Netflix India from 2 April". First Post. March 20, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
- McNary, Dave (June 7, 2018). "Lionsgate to Develop Thriller 'Run' From 'Searching' Filmmakers (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved September 15, 2018.