Originally from India, Kaushik Sampath earned a Master's degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign and worked in Silicon Valley for several years before deciding to pursue his passion in film-making. After taking some film-making classes at DeAnza community college and making his first short film out of his apartment, Kaushik decided to apply to film school. Kaushik joined USC in Spring 2010 and soon became recognized by both faculty and fellow students for his writing and directorial talent which also won him the very prestigious Annenberg Fellowship in Film Directing, the highest level of scholarship awarded by the School of Cinematic Arts, USC. Kaushik's industry experience includes working as a Camera Department Assistant on feature films like "Bridesmaids (2010)" and "Hitchcock (2012)". In addition to directing his USC graduate thesis film "GROOMING" that had it's world premiere in Cannes, Kaushik also directed another short film titled "Vincent", the opening film in an anthology feature film called "Labyrinth", executive produced by actor/director/producer James Franco and his producing partner Vince Jolivette (of Rabbit Bandini Productions). "Labyrinth" is slated for release in 2015. When he's not writing or directing Kaushik is passionate about editing. He continues to lend his production and managerial skills on several peer projects.