Ingrid Serban was born in Transylvania and spent the first part of her life studying piano and voice at the Sigismund Toduta Lycee in Cluj-Napoca. When she moved to the US, she continued her music studies alongside acting and filmmaking. While living in Los Angeles, she has the distinct honor of learning filmmaking directly from Oscar- winning director Peter Bogdanovich.
In 2015, Ingrid is featured by CineWomen in their biannual publication on Outstanding Emerging Female Filmmakers of 2015, and her award-winning debut film, “All Sales Final” (2014) is accepted by 5 film festivals; Asheville, NC, Chennai, India, Ahmednagar, India, Tiburon, CA and Albuquerque, NM where it won Best Short Film on a Smart Device. Her first short documentary, “Transilvania Frumoasa” (Transylvania the Beautiful) is set to premiere at the Nevada City Film Festival, CA.
Among her upcoming projects, she is in post-production with a short murder-mystery film co-directed with Cassie Jaye and getting ready to film a feature length documentary about vampires set in Transylvania, Romania. “My Search for Dracula” is a San Francisco Film Society fiscally sponsored project. Ingrid is also on the jury comitee at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, the Advisory Board for the Tallgrass Film Festival and a member of the pilot program Filmhouse X in San Francisco, CA.
Aside from filmmaking, Ingrid is an accomplished musician. She sings and tours with her husband singer-songriter, Forest Sun, under the umbrella of their independently-owned record label, Painted Sun Records. For more, please visit Ingrid’s blog or Goat Lips Productions.