Ingrid Jungermann (L) and Desiree Akhavan (R).

Photo by Sarah Deragon

Desiree Akhavan is an Iranian-American filmmaker living in Brooklyn. She was raised in New York and attended the prestigious Horace Mann School, where she was socially rejected by many children of celebrities. She went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Smith College, which had a much smaller celebrity presence. She is currently an MFA candidate at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she is working on her thesis,  DISPOSABLE LOVERS, a feature film inspired  by THE SLOPE.

Along with several short films, Ingrid co-created the acclaimed web series THE SLOPE, and created the WGA-Nominated web series F TO 7TH, featuring Amy Sedaris, Michael Showalter, Gaby Hoffmann, Olympia Dukakis and Janeane Garofalo. Her work has screened at various film festivals around the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Outfest and BFI London. Ingrid, who earned her MFA at NYU Graduate Film School, was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 Faces of Independent Film and Out Magazine’s 100 People of the Year. Her debut feature, WOMEN WHO KILL (Tribeca All Access program, IFP Emerging Narrative Labs), premiered in competition at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where she won the Jury Award for Best Screenplay. She is currently in development at Showtime for a half-hour comedy version of F TO 7TH, and was recently nominated for the Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award.