RUN producer Natalie Qasabian was awarded the 2021 Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for Fiction Filmmaking on Sunday, January 31. The awards honor bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the independent space.
Qasabian was presented by the award with her frequent collaborator, Aneesh Chaganty (Searching, RUN) .
“As producers, we may doubt whether or not we can do something: but we can’t ever doubt if it’s worth doing. If we don’t cast the people that haven’t been cast before, if we don’t hire the crew member that hasn’t been hired before, tell the story that hasn’t been told before, or work with that first-time director who’s never been produced before…we’ll never know what could be on the other side. So, thank you again to the Sundance Institute and Amazon Studios for recognizing a job that we ourselves doubt sometimes. It helps us see what can be on the other side if we can just push through.”
Qasabian’s husband/partner, Sev Ohanian won the award two years ago for Searching, which they produced together. He also co-wrote the script for RUN with director Chaganty.
Searching was made on a sub-one-million-dollar budget and grossed $75M+ at the box office.
Qasabian’s past credits include All About Nina and the Duplass Brothers production, Duck Butter.
She is currently working on a sequel to 2018’s Searching and an upcoming HBO Max series called The Future.