Sandi Tan was born in Singapore and has an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. She directed the 2018 Netflix film Shirkers, which won a Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, was named Best Documentary of 2018 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Oscar for Best Documentary. The Black Isle was her debut novel. She will be directing her film adaptation of Elif Batuman’s novel The Idiot. She lives in Los Angeles.