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    Gita Pullapilly, 34
    Film Producer & CEO
    Sunny Side Up Films

    Gita Pullapilly of Bar Harbor
    produced the Emmy-nominated
    independent 2009 documentary
    “The Way We Get By,†about the
    troop greeters of Maine at Bangor
    International Airport. Pullapilly’s is
    also the voice of the multiple-awardwinning
    film, written and directed
    by Aron Gaudet, also a Forty Under
    40 award winner.

    A native of South Bend, Ind.,
    Pullapilly majored in finance at
    Notre Dame and has a master’s
    degree from the Medill School of
    Journalism at Northwestern. She
    notes that both the business and
    reporting skills are mainstays of
    her film-producing career. Working
    with Harvard Business School for a
    case study on “The Way We Get By,â€Â
    Pullapilly helped create a financial
    model for independent filmmakers
    to release their work. The model is
    used by filmmakers nationally and

    An award-winning television
    journalist and film producer,
    Pullapilly has produced stories
    in the United States, India, and
    Jordan (she was the first filmmaker
    selected as a Fulbright Senior
    Scholar to Jordan). Her stories have
    aired on CBS, CNN, and ABC; she
    has received project grants from
    ITVS, CPB, POV, the MacArthur
    Foundation, Fulbright, and
    Fledgling Fund. In 2007, she was
    chosen as a WGBH Filmmaker in
    Residence; the following year, she
    received a Kaiser Mini-Fellowship
    for Global Health Reporting and
    was inducted into the Royal Society
    of the Arts.

    In addition to producing “Blue
    Potato,†a feature filming this year
    in Aroostook County and scheduled
    for release in early 2013, Pullapilly
    is executive producer on the PBS
    television project “Lifecasters,â€Â
    stories of Americans living outside
    the mainstream.

    “This is probably the biggest film
    of our career,†she says of “Blue
    Potato.†… “We’ve had a lot of
    support from Hollywood, and next
    year should see a huge distribution
    campaign. We’re hoping the next
    project will be a larger, studio film.â€Â

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