Dinesh is an independent documentary filmmaker who is currently directing and producing his first feature-length documentary Unbroken Glass with Kartemquin Films.
Dinesh learned vérité cinematography from Kartemquin Co-founder Gordon Quinn. After serving in a variety of capacities on Kartemquin, Dinesh went on to shoot part of American Arab (2013) and as additional camera on The Homestretch (2014). He also served as cinematographer for Waking in Oak Creek (2014), about the 2012 Sikh Temple Shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
In addition Unbroken Glass, he is currently co-producing and shooting How to Build a School in Haiti which looks at the promise and perils of international aid through the story of a school being built in rural Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He also is shooting the forthcoming End of Love, about the influence of Internet pornography on culture and developing youth with producers Deb Ellis (Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train) and Alex Halkin.
In 2014, Dinesh was awarded a Firelight Media’s Producer’s Lab Fellowship. In 2011, he was a finalist for the prestigious Edes Prize for Emerging Artists in 2011.
Dinesh is a passionate advocate for youth media education. He has served on the board of directors of Community TV Network, Cinema Chicago’s Education Advisory Committee, as well as on the jury of the Chicago Youth Community Film Festival.
Based in Chicago, Dinesh holds a black belt in Tomiki Aikido and rides a Triumph Bonneville in his free time. Dinesh graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2006, concentrating in Cinema Studies and Religion in the Humanities.
Films by Dinesh Sabu
- Unbroken Glass 2016
- Director/Producer, Written By, Cinematography
- The Homestretch 2014
- additional camera
- American Arab 2013
- A Good Man 2011
- Production Support for Kartemquin Films, Interns/Production Assistants
- The Interrupters 2011
- additional Kartemquin Films staff
- In the Family 2008
- Kartemquin Interns/Production Assitants
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