director. producer. activist.

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FILMS SHOULD COMFORT THE DISTURBED AND DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE.

FILMS SHOULD COMFORT THE DISTURBED AND DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE.

 

SANTHO GOONEWARDENE
LOS ANGELES, CA

Santho Goonewardene immigrated from Sri Lanka to the United States at age 14, alone. Her fascination with films began at an early age as they helped her escape her unstable home environment. After self funding her education and graduating from University, she worked hard to obtain a position in the film industry and was successful in securing a position as an assistant to producer Jeffrey Stott. She then expanded her experience, working on both film and television projects including, TRUE DETECTIVE, STRONGER & TRUMBO. She has since collaborated with filmmakers Greg Campbell and Jake Gyllenhaal as a Co-Producer on their award-winning documentary, HONDROS and most recently served as Associate Producer on the Amazon Prime limited series, TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Having been inspired and encouraged by these incredibly talented filmmakers, she started making her own films. Her first short film BUTCHER, premiered in New York at the Chelsea Film Festival and was also selected to screen at the Bath Film Festival in the UK and the Short Sharp Festival in Australia. Santho recognizes that narratives which represent all walks of life are essential for us to be more understanding of each other, therefore, she strives to tell stories that engage thought while exploring the intimate worlds of her characters through her emotionally seductive, distinctive visual voice.