How To Dance in Ohio
"Shiva has a sensitive eye for rarified outcasts." - Village Voice
Gidalya Pictures is a Manhattan-based documentary production company founded by award-winning filmmaker Alexandra Shiva. After spending extensive time in India, Alexandra produced and directed BOMBAY EUNUCH (2001), a feature-length documentary that follows a makeshift family of eunuchs as they struggle to survive in modern Bombay. The critically acclaimed film was awarded Best Documentary Feature at New York's New Fest and the Special Jury Award at the Florida Film Festival.
Alexandra's second feature length documentary STAGEDOOR (2006) follows five kids through a musical theater summer camp program in the Catskill Mountains. The film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March of 2005. In 2006 STAGEDOOR had its theatrical debut at Film Forum in New York City and began airing on Sundance Channel.
In 2010 she created a short film for Turnaround For Children, a non-profit education reform organization based in New York and Washington DC.
Alexandra's most recent feature documentary, HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, about teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum who are learning social skills and creating meaningful lives for themselves, had its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and will air on HBO in the Fall 2015.
Alexandra graduated from Vassar College in 1995 with a BA in Art History.