Born in Chicago to an Indian father and an American mother, Meena’s mixed cultural background has helped her bring a unique perspective to her work. Driven by her desire to bring affecting stories with social impact to the screen in a visually compelling way, she is a valuable asset and long- term collaborator with many award- winning directors.
Cinematography has always been Meena’s focus, having studied at Columbia College Chicago (BA Cinematography) as well as the prestigious American Film Institute (MFA Cinematography). She emerged in the Hollywood film industry shadowing seasoned cinematographers Ken Seng and Amelia Vincent, ASC on big budget studio feature films. She has since shot 5 independent narrative features and over 30 shorts that have been showcased at Slamdance, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival to name a few. Meena can be seen in-action on Starz docu-series “The Chair” produced by Chris Moore (GOOD WILL HUNTING, AMERICAN PIE) – a show that followed director Anna Martemucci and Meena throughout production of feature film HOLLIDAYSBURG. Meena’s work on the film received critical praise from the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter.
For the last 2 years Meena has traveled the US and the rest of the world perfecting the very unique craft of documentary cinematography, feeding that hunger to create social impact through film. She has photographed pieces for The Atlantic, National Geographic, PBS, and most notably, she shot scenes for 2013 Oscar winning documentary TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM.
Meena is founding member of Driftseed, a nonprofit organization that aims to build a better world for women and girls through education, outreach and the art of documentary film.
Meena is based in Los Angeles and is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild.