Tanuj Chopra is a filmmaker from the Bay Area with projects stretching to Uganda, New Delhi, New York and Los Angeles where he currently lives. 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 and 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.”
Tanuj's recent award winning feature titles GRASS and CHEE AND T were both acquired in 2017 by genre leader Comedy Dynamics. CHEE AND T premiered at 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where it won a jury prize for comedy. The buddy comedy went on to screen at Urbanworld, San Diego Asian American film festival (Best Picture) Cinequest, Outfest, Omaha, Atlanta, CAAMfest and the LA Asian American film fest. Grass also screened at CAAMfest, LA Asian American film fest and the Austin Asian American film festival where it won best picture.
Other award winning titles he's directed include BUTTERFLY, CLAP CLAP, ITVS Futurestates films TEACHER IN A BOX and PIA. He is the co-writer, director, and editor of the popular episodic female comedy mini-series NICE GIRLS CREW starring Sheetal Sheth, Michelle Krusiec and Lynn Chen. He also directed the Benny Lava music video for rap-boy-band Swetshop Boys with Prashant Bhargava.
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 Fox Global Filmmaker Initiative and the Sony TV directors lab. He's currently a member of Temple University's faculty and teaches in their Los Angeles Film program.
Alongside teaching he runs his industrial production outfit Chops Films dedicated to creating innovative branded content.