Vandana Sood

Writer, Producer, Director

Connect with her on LinkedIn or Email:

Check out my profile!

Vandana was born in New Delhi and spent her early childhood growing up in Sydney, Australia. The daughter of an Engineer and a Doctor, Vandana was always aware of the value of education and was also supported in her creative endeavors. She wanted to grow up to be an air hostess, ballerina and artist because of her love for travel, expression and creativity.

Self portrait

Self portrait

In Delhi she studied History at Lady Shri Ram College while pursuing courses in web designing, copy writing and film appreciation. The next step was film school – a Masters from Jamia Millia Islamia’s reputed Mass Communication Research Center. During this time she freelanced on several creative projects, worked as Editorial Coordinator for the ‘I’, a newsletter published at the India Habitat Center’s Visual Arts Gallery and taught teenage slum children filmmaking as part of Plan International’s, ‘Children Have Something to Say.’ With her Masters complete, traveling to Sri Lanka followed, not as an air hostess but as a camerawoman to work on the British Council film,’ My Sister My Self.’

Her passion for teaching was expressed in a short film about Education, which won her the Commonwealth Vision Award in 2004. Travel and Education also came together in Poland where she designed and implemented workshops with an International team on a project called the ‘The World of Knowledge’ that was supported by the UNDP. As a media Consultant at the India Centre Foundation, an Indo Japanese Non Profit focused on inter cultural communication, Vandana made several films to highlight the cultural legacy between the two nations and traveled to the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.

Vandana is passionate about yoga and became a certified yoga teacher from the Sivananda Vedanta Centre in South India. ‘Stretching Towards Peace’, a project on yoga and meditation being a counter to youth violence won the Davis Project for Peace in 2008 and Vandana traveled to Sombor, Serbia to implement her project with Serbian youth.

Since 2006 Vandana has been based in New York City where she worked with PBS’s ‘In the Mix’, The Manhattan Theatre Group, Beliefnet, MTV’s Teen Mom and Alwan for the Arts. PEO International awarded Vandana with the honor of PEO Peace Scholar for two consecutive years and she was also part of the Women’s International Leadership Program at International House, New York. She successfully completed her second Masters, an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in 2009. The Taxi Takes is her MFA thesis project.

The Taxi Takes would not have been possible without the valuable inputs, generous time and incredible expertise and help given by several people.


Steve Gorelick
Martin Lucas
Biju Mathew

Nicole Jaquis
Gandharv Bhagat

Jean Olivier Begin

Vandana Sood
Owen Giddings

Philip Urech
Vandana Sood

Abdul Khalque Khan
Nikhil Deshpande
Vandana Sood

Vandana Sood

Vandana Sood

Eric Hinojosa

Vivek C. Thakur

Special thanks to CBS News for the use of footage in our films’ opening credits.
Click here for Center for Social Media Fair Use Guidelines.


Click on an image for a larger view.

After a day of shooting Vivek Thakur shooting from Auto rickshaw shoot with Vivek Watching footage. Filming the Taxi near Juhu. Shooting the Taxi After creating the Taxi Sticker Art Filming Akram as he creates the stickers Akram Studio The two brothers who run Akram Studio Eric and Khalique Eric Filming The Taj Hotel Watching while Akram creates




Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

5 Responses to “Vandana Sood”

  1. 1
    Alci Says:

    I didn’t know you’ve been to Cannes..

  2. 2
    admin Says:

    Yes I got the opportunity to go there when I was working with Team India and India Center Foundation as their Media Consultant. It was amazing.

  3. 3
    John (from I-House) Says:

    hey! how are you. great stuff. sounds like you’ve been as busy as I have))))

  4. 4
    admin Says:

    Thanks! yes I’ve been busy. This is my thesis project for my MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College. what have u been upto?

  5. 5
    Vickery Says:

    Thank you for your comment on my blog and I’m intrigued by your project. Did a lot of work for the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. Do you know it? I also have spent a lot of time working in media in NYC, so we share a number of areas of interest: notably, finding solutions to the world’s preoccupation with using violence as a force for change. Would be interested to sit down and talk to you about your work. Would that be of interest?

Leave a Reply