Gita Pullapilly was recently selected as one of Variety’s “10 Directors To Watch” for 2013 for her narrative feature directorial debut, BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Tribeca Films for North American distribution. In 2013, Pullapilly won the “Euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers Live the Dream Grant” at the Gotham Awards.
In 2009, Gita produced the Emmy nominated documentary, The Way We Get By a heartfelt story about three senior citizens finding purpose in their life. The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and won the Special Jury Award on its way to winning 18 festival awards around the world. The Way We Get By was released theatrically in July 2009, playing in over 60 cities across the U.S. It aired on the critically acclaimed, independent television series P.O.V. on PBS as a primetime special on Veterans Day. AARP’s “Movies for Grownups” Awards honored The Way We Get By as “Best Documentary” of 2009.
In 2012, Gita was an Executive Producer on the national U.S. PBS program Lifecasters, which had its world premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as well as a producer on one program segment The Gambling Man (2013, 18min, documentary short).
Gita has received a number of grants for her projects including from ITVS, CPB, POV, MacArthur Foundation, and Fledgling Fund. In 2005, Pullapilly became the first filmmaker chosen as a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Jordan. In 2007, Gita was selected as a WGBH Filmmaker in Residence.
Gita graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Finance and holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.