About The Project + About The Filmmakers


A family in Nepal living on less than a dollar a day wins the globalization jackpot: a charity scholarship for their daughter to go to school in the capital city. She promises to return, to free her family from poverty.

But she does not return. Drawing the Tiger is an intimate portrait of the price one family pays for their golden opportunity.


Amy Benson: Producer/Director | Amy is the co-owner of Nonfiction Media, a production company in Seattle. She has shot and edited over 25 short films telling the stories of nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest, Africa and Asia. Her personal documentary short— THREE: IMPRESSIONS FROM THE STRUGGLE FOR GIRLS’ EDUCATION was the centerpiece of the UNIFEM Singapore film festival. Another short, CALLED TO SHINE, about Clarksdale, Mississippi’s only female preacher, premiered at the Langston Hughes film festival. Her very first short about the life in a local homeless encampment won awards from SIFF and The Seattle Times. This is her first feature film.

Scott Squire: Producer/Director/Director of Photography | Scott is a lifelong photographer with a masters in journalism (UC Berkeley). His work on a homeless children living in Bucharest earned him the Dorothea Lange Fellowship and the Susan Meiselas Fellowship from UC Berkeley. Scott’s photo essay on Cairo street café culture was featured on PBS’s Frontline World website. His first book, Edges of Bounty (2009, Heyday Press), is a fine art documentary photo essay on small scale, independent food production in the Central Valley of California. This is his first feature film.

Ramyata Limbu: Co-Director/Translator | Nepal native Ramyata co-produced and shot the documentary “Dreams of Chomolungma” for PBS’s Frontline World, and co-produced and shot the award winning feature documentary “Daughters Of Everest.” For six years she was a producer for Young Asia Television, producing programs focusing on social issues in Nepal. Ramyata is the also the Director of the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, and is currently working with the United Nations Mission in Nepal. Her most recent documentary work is Co-producing Sari Soldiers, a film about female soldiers on both sides of the Maoist insurgence in Nepal. She is rad.

Fiona Otway: Editor | When Fiona edited her first movie fourteen years ago, it was love at first slice. The magic of the editing process continues to fascinate her and feed her insatiable curiosity about the world. Fiona thrives in crafting nuanced stories that examine the big social issues of our time.

Her work is strongly influenced by a background in cultural anthropology, critical social theory, and experimental filmmaking and often explores themes related to globalization, community-based social change, and cultural identity. She was awarded the first-ever prize for ‘Best Documentary Editing’ at Sundance Film Festival for IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS. In addition, one of her most recent editing projects, HELL AND BACK AGAIN, won the Sundance Film Festival ‘Grand Jury Prize’. Three of her editing projects have been nominated for an Academy Award. As a filmmaker, Fiona is committed to illuminating perspectives that are often underrepresented in mainstream media and loves to craft nuanced, emotionally resonant stories about complex issues.

Kristin Ougendal: Associate Producer | Since 2012, Kristin has supported every aspect of production and postproduction. She facilitates the pragmatic and creative development of the film, managing people and footage and logistics. Kristin studied Fine Art Photography at the University of Oregon. This is her first film project.

Shailendra D. Karki: Assistant DP | After studying and working in the US for 11 years, Shailendra returned to Nepal in 2010 and has quickly become one of the most sought after cinematographers in the country. Whether it’s an intimate personal documentary, a quirky music video, or a big-budget production, no story is too small (nor too big) for him. Most recently, he was Second Unit DP and a second camera operator on SOLD, a movie about child trafficking based on the bestseller by Patricia McCormick, and directed by Oscar winner Jeffrey D. Brown. Some of his other credits include the critically acclaimed AACHARYA as well as the highly anticipated KATHAA and BADHSHALA.

Karol Martesko-Fenster: Executive Producer | Karol is an Austrian-born American entrepreneur and media industry innovator with broad motion picture, broadcast, print, and Internet backgrounds and his career spans over two decades including leadership in the American independent film industry. Currently the President of Film & Media for S2BN Entertainment, he was previously SVP&GM of Film at Babel Networks, Head of Film at Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures, President of RES Media Group and President/Publisher of Silicon Alley Reporter. Karol co-founded FILMMAKER Magazine and RES Magazine, and the media content enterprises conditionone.comindieWIRE.comcinelan.com and Thought Engine | Media Group. Most recently Karol collaborated with Michael Cohl on Harry Belafonte’s SING YOUR SONG and Emmett Malloy’s BIG EASY EXPRESS, and he is an executive producer on Noel Dernesch & Moritz Springer’s JOURNEY TO JAH, Daniel McCabe’s THIS IS CONGO, Havana Marking’s SMASH & GRAB, Phil Cox’s THE LOVE HOTEL and THE BENGALI DETECTIVE, James Allen Smith’s FLOORED and Danfung Dennis’ 2012 Academy Award Nominee HELL AND BACK AGAIN.

Julie Bridgham: Executive Producer | Julie is a Director and Producer of documentary film and television with over 15 years of experience. She was the Director and Producer for the multi-award winning documentary feature “THE SARI SOLDIERS,” for which she was granted a Sundance Institute Documentary Fellowship, and was the recipient of the Nestor Almendros Prize for courage and commitment in human rights filmmaking. She has directed numerous documentary series and feature films that have taken her around the globe, and has produced for CBS, BBC, the Discovery Channel, TLC, and the Travel Channel, among others. She lived in Nepal for over seven years, where she produced and directed films for the United Nations World Food Programme and The Nepal Youth Foundation, in addition to “THE SARI SOLDIERS”, and the feature documentary in- progress “At the Edge of Sufficient.” Prior to working in documentary film and television she was a Project Officer with the United Nations for the project “Ecologically Sustainable Industrial Development” in Costa Rica, and was a researcher for the human rights organization Andean Information Network in Bolivia. Most recently, Julie is the Producer and Director for the interactive transmedia documentary “Shifting Borders” on Nepali migrant workers in Qatar.

James Allen Smith: Story Consultant | James directed the sweet and hilarious personal documentary, My Name is Smith, and Floored, a film about the Chicago Stock Exchange’s dying trading floor. James is a writer and story producer for numerous television programs including the Emmy nominated A&E series Hoarders.


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