India Autry

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My Experience on Film Fest Q&A Panel, Pics & Film Clips

Loved being on the Q&A panel at the Virginia Film Fest for “But Not For Me” feature film!

I talked about what it was like to play a philosophical model in a commercial made by the advertising agency portrayed in the film. I played the part very intensely — I was near tears in the drama of the part. When cut was called, everyone on the crew burst out laughing. I was surprised at first, but that’s when I realized I had done my job! The seriousness with which I played the part made possible the comedic effect of an advertising agency taking itself too seriously. Click here to see the clip.

Here’s the full trailer of this progressive hip-hop romance – you dig? Great performance and music by Marcus Carl Franklin (who starred with Heath Ledger & Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”). “But Not for Me” also features Roger Guenveur Smith (profilic actor in some many film from “Do the Right Thing” to “Dope”), and we won the audience choice award at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

My pics with Marcus and more of the cast and crew below:

From left to right: the moderator; producer, Jason Stefaniak; writer/director, Ryan Carmichael; actor Maria Vermeulen; me; actor, Solomon Hailemichael; actor, Marcus Carl Franklin


Press Kit For My Cannes Submitted Film, Including Pics!

Click here to see the Full “Brutally Yours” Press Kit

My name is India, and I’m an alcoholic. “Brutally Yours” is adapted from my autobiographical feature screenplay, based on my personal story of alcoholism, emotional instability and self-destruction. I’m now sober and want to tell my story, the story of others who’ve been through similar pain and the story of those who have not yet come out on the other side.

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I started writing the feature in January of 2014, inspired by the similarity between a romantic relationship and an alcoholic’s relationship to alcohol. After meeting “Whiplash” writer/director Damien Chazelle at the New York Film Festival in October, I was inspired to adapt a section of the feature script into a short film. I had already been working to surround myself with people in my wheelhouse, so I brought on board Cannes-selected director Tristan Higgs and, as director of photography, the developer of “Blue Valentine” and producer of Sundance hit feature “Quattro Noza” Fredric King. Darren Bluestone, who starred in Broadway’s “Avenue Q” for three years through December, became my co-star.

Before I had even planned the short, I had workshopped much of the scene it is based on with Rosalyn Coleman Williams and in my acting class with Anthony Abeson.

Like Kiara, I’m a NYU Law graduate. I’ve pursued my acting, writing and producing career while practicing law full time. I garnered principal and supporting roles in New York City indie productions before writing and producing “Brutally Yours.” This is only the beginning for Kiara. Follow the short and the development of the feature on my website and blog at



India Autry…Kiara

Darren Bluestone…Caleb

Andrew Ayala…Cop
Marc A. Joseph…Cop
Ingeborg Reidmaier…Bartender
Sal Pavia…Resident


Directed by Tristan Higgs

Written and Produced by India Autry

Cinematography by Fredric King

Associate Producers: Darren Bluestone
Laurie Rud
Production Design by Ingeborg Reidmaier
Sound by Mike Anzel
Sound by Jalen Thompson
Editing and Sound Mixing by John Luder
Music: “Prisoner of Love” by David Rogue
Camera Assistant: Leland Gorlin
Production Assistant: Sarah Fritz
Hair and Makeup by Kimberly Curtis
Special Thanks: Rosalyn Coleman Williams

Country: United States
Duration: 12 minutes 53 seconds
Filming Format: Digital
Screening Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Stereo
Original Language: English

Click to See the Poster for my Cannes Submitted Film

Brutally Yours Poster

Diaries of an Actress: Catching You Up on the All the Goodness

A lot has happened since my autumn diary entry. I’ve spent the new year beginning to make my film idea a reality. The feature script I’m writing (starring yours truly, of course) is nearing completion! And more film ideas are waiting to come down the pike.

Last month, I booked and filmed a supporting role in a SAG film “But Not for Me” by Emmy-winning producer Jason Stefaniak. What else? Well, there was another supporting role in “Keep the Party Going.” Then there was shooting the teaser for a feature film in which I play the title character. I’m pictured with my co-star below.

Still from "Jasmine" (working title).

Still from “Jasmine” (working title).


I got a callback for a feature film in the vein of “Blue Valentine” and “Half Nelson,” two of my top three favorite movies! The process came down to me and one other actress in a chemistry read with two finalist actors. I got added to an IMDB list. An “Orange is the New Black” audition and praise from an actress recurring on the show (Vicky Jeudy as Janae Watson) on my work in our acting class.

Actress and producer Emily Grace honored me with a scholarship to her program to teach actors how to get press. And guess what! I got me some front-page press.

My first film ever, “First Baptist,” premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. A co-star role on “Deadly Sins” to air on cable’s Discovery Investigation Channel. See the pic of the house where we filmed on Instagram. A birthday trip to San Francisco back in October.

Yeah, that's right. I hiked and lived in the woods for a night. In a dress.

Yeah, that’s right. I hiked and lived in the woods for a night. In a dress.


Last, but not least – a turn as Catwoman on Halloween (check it out on Instagram: @IndiaKiara).


Halle Hepburn (It’s a nickname I got on Twitter yesterday, and I quite like it!)