The influence of art in society has been discussed since the first brush strokes were ever made. But since then, much has been debated like Elvis’ swiveling hips, violence in video games, or sexuality on TV. But the course of time has proven that art does have a positive impact on the world. And Joe’s guest this week, Shreya Patel, is proving that by creating content that’s educational and entertaining, she can empower underdogs everywhere. Shreya is an actress, filmmaker, and the founder of Window Dreams Productions, the award-winning production house that specializes in impact production.
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About Shreya Patel: Shreya is a multifaceted individual, who has made a significant impact in the worlds of entertainment, activism, and mental health advocacy.
Model-turned-actress, filmmaker, and mental health advocate, Patel is the honoree of Top 100 Most Powerful Women of Canada, Forbes 30 Under 30, Women’s Achiever Award, Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award and Emerging Leader Under 35. Patel has been acknowledged for her efforts in advancing equity in her community, with an honorable mention from the City of Toronto. She was also listed among DissDash’s “Top 50 Coolest South Asians of 2021” alongside notable figures such as Priyanka Chopra, Kamala Harris, and Hasan Minaj.
She has also graced the pages of fashion magazines like Vogue and Grazia. As an actress, she has brought raw emotion and depth to her roles in films like Strangers In A Room, Vivid, and The Intersection, which explores themes of mental health.
Patel’s debut documentary, ‘Girl Up’, is an unflinching look at the reality of domestic human trafficking and was partnered with the Toronto International Film Festival and the Civic Action Summit. Her music video directorial debut, Freedom Dance, which featured famous personalities from 7 countries, has over 1.2 million views on YouTube.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, she rallied 66 countries to come together for Unity- #LOVESPREADS Faster Than Virus, a documentary that showcases the plight of the human spirit, which was the closing film at the Munich Film Festival. As one of the faces of the Canadian Screen Award-winning national mental health awareness campaign “Bell Let’s Talk”, Patel is committed to raising visibility and breaking the silence around mental illness and support.
Currently, she is working on a comedy series, Layla is Relevant and writing a film about trafficking while also producing various projects under her company, Window Dreams Productions.