Rachel is a documentary and fiction filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. She first became interested in filmmaking when her 5th grade teachers dedicated the fall semester to studying film and television in the classroom. At age 10, Rachel wrote and directed three videos for the school’s film festival, and arrived at the screening with a DVD of an additional film she had made independently with the school’s equipment. Since then, Rachel’s work in film has taken her overseas to Europe where she worked under Spanish director Lopez-Li-Linares at his post-production house in Madrid, Spain (López-Li Films) and to Asia, where she was selected by The Looking China Program to shoot her short documentary, Harbor, in the rural village of Dazou, China.

Rachel is currently enrolled in Boston University’s Cinema and Media Production MFA program as a director, where she is the recipient of the Women’s Graduate Club Scholarship. The Adrienne Shelley Foundation grant will help fund the production of her thesis film, Tuck: a short, coming-of-age drama about a young man’s struggle to abandon his family at the prospect of receiving a dive scholarship.

Winning Project: Tuck