Saila Kariat is a filmmaker and entrepreneur with a lifelong fascination with cinema and a diverse background. She is passionate about the art of filmmaking and its potential to influence people. After obtaining her Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Saila worked as a research staff member and product engineering manager at IBM, and in a leading-edge start-up company as director of marketing. Becoming the mother of two girls prompted her to discontinue working for corporations and start a residential construction company. She pursued her education in film in parallel, obtaining a degree from San Jose State University. She wrote the screenplay for The Valley, her feature directorial debut, which tells the story of a successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who seeks answers after the suicide of his daughter. The Valley was in over twenty film festivals and won best feature film in five festivals. Saila has written two other screenplays, Gods and Demons, about an idealistic doctor in South Africa who becomes involved with a nihilistic traveler who ends up in her clinic, and Love in the Time of Corona, a romantic comedy about two unlikely roommates who are forced to shelter in place during the Covid pandemic. She is developing another script, I Was Never Awake, about a middle aged woman dealing with regret and loneliness, who finds a path out of her despair. Saila lives in Los Altos with her husband and children.