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What’s in Your Toolkit: Mahak Jiwani

By Kathryn O’Kane

For 17 years, NYWIFT has joined with the Hamptons International Film Festival to present the annual Sunday Brunch and co-present the Women Calling the Shots short film showcase – all in celebration of the outstanding achievements by women filmmakers at the festival.

NYWIFT caught up with filmmakers who attended the brunch (quite literally while running to the next screening) and asked them, “What’s in your toolkit?”

 

Mahak Jiwani, producer, Darling

 

What is the one thing you can’t live without in production?

I always wear comfortable shoes when I’m on set – and hard ones in case something falls. I think that’s a lesson I learned from Maureen Ryan at Columbia University.

 

What do you eat on set?

I don’t really eat much on set because there’s so much to do and I’m always running around. I make sure to eat breakfast beforehand.

 

What do you do to help de-stress?

At the end of the day, I talk to my friends and family. It’s really important to have a support network that’s separate from the work.

 

What’s the most out of the ordinary thing in your toolkit?

Chocolate. 

 

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busyk Kathryn O'Kane is a producer/director with over fifteen years of diverse experience in television, advertising and web media. She is honored to serve on the NYWIFT Board of Directors, which supports the careers of women in the Entertainment Industry. Kathryn has crafted narratives as diverse as “Mission Juno,” which documents NASA’s probe to Jupiter, "Master Class," the award-winning10-part flagship series for the Oprah Winfrey Network OWN, and "San Quentin Film School," a six-part documentary series for Discovery Channel following nine prisoners during the first ever film production class in prison. Having started her career supporting democratic initiatives in Latin America, Kathryn has always maintained a love for international travel and politics, and she looks forward to bridging cultural differences through art and story telling. Learn more at www.busyk.com.

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