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Date

2024-05-18

Time

Theater

THEATER 2

Program

PSYCH NIGHT SHORTS

Penny

A female chef attempting to make a romantic connection fights dark impulses as memories of her mentally ill mother bleed into current day life.

About the Director

Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid is a New England based award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer who loves exploring the darker side of humanity and complex nature of people. Her style primarily falls into psychological thriller/horror with a spicy twist of dark humor and perhaps unexpected outcomes.

A few recognitions include 2024 Female Filmmaker of the Year, Austin Revolution Film Festival; ISA Top Twenty-Five Screenwriter to Watch; Grand Prize Winner in the Emerging Screenwriter’s Shoot Your Short Contest; Michelle Mower Female Filmmaker of the Year Award, Austin Revolution Film Festival; Best Writer/Director, Austin Revolution Film Festival; New England Film Star Awards Finalist; Best Narrative Short Film Director, Mystic Film Festival; Shawna Shea Film Festival Spirit Award Winner; and the Women in Horror Award, Happenstance Horror Fest.

Rachel is a Board Member of Women in Film Video New England and has served on the Sherman Oaks Film Festival Filmmakers Board and Film Invasion Los Angeles Filmmakers Board.

Her short films—The Squirrels in the Attic, In the Company of Crows, Penny, Cult, One Room, and iNFLUENCE—have screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide, garnering over 50 nominations and 20 awards collectively to date. Fenwick, the latest short she wrote and directed, is in postproduction and scheduled for release in early 2024.

Rachel is currently in preproduction for a feature version of her screenplay, On the Last Day. The short version of the script received top recognition in multiple competitive screenplay contests, earning a top spot on Coverfly’s Red List in 2023, the response making it an inspiration for her to make the feature to come to life in 2024.

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