Gidalya Pictures is an award-winning documentary production company based in New York City and founded by  filmmaker Alexandra Shiva in 2001.

Alexandra Shiva

Alexandra Shiva is an award-winning filmmaker, known for crafting intimate character-driven cinema verite documentaries.

Her most recent film, THIS IS HOME, is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in Baltimore, Maryland and struggling to find their footing in the first 8-months. The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2018, where it won the Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary, and will broadcast on EPIX.

Her previous film, HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, follows on a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum preparing for an iconic American rite of passage — a Spring Formal. The Peabody Award winning film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and aired on HBO to great critical acclaim.

Alexandra’s second documentary STAGEDOOR follows five kids through a musical theater summer camp program in the Catskills. STAGEDOOR premiered at SXSW in 2005, had its theatrical debut at Film Forum in New York in 2006 and aired on Sundance Channel.

After spending extensive time in India, Alexandra launched her documentary career producing and directing BOMBAY EUNUCH, a feature-length documentary that follows a makeshift family of eunuchs as they struggle to survive in modern Bombay. In 2001, the film was awarded Best Documentary at New York’s New Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Florida Film Festival and was released theatrically.

Alexandra graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Art History.

Lindsey Megrue

Lindsey Megrue joined Gidalya Pictures in 2016. She is a creative producer and director with over a dozen years experience creating documentary films for theatrical release and television broadcast.

Most recently, Lindsey produced THIS IS HOME, a feature-length film about Syrian refugees resettling in Baltimore, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary.

She has worked on many critically acclaimed programs for PBS, including eight episodes of the award-winning series AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. She was a Field Producer for the three-part, six-hour, Emmy-nominated CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES. She co-produced KOCH, a feature-length documentary about former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, which opened theatrically in 2013 and broadcast on PBS’s POV.

In addition to her work in film and television, Lindsey also creates web content for prominent news organizations, including The New York Times, Retro Report and The Marshall Project.

Lindsey has directed for the highly rated PBS series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, a 2017 Impact Partners Producing Fellow and a graduate of Smith College.