Sara Colangelo is an award-winning writer and director. Her first film, the short documentary Halal Vivero, was a National Finalist at the 2006 Student Academy Awards, and her narrative short, Un Attimo di Respiro, screened at over fifteen national and international film festivals including Tribeca and SXSW. It earned Sara a Wasserman Prize for Best Direction at New York University.
Sara’s thesis film, Little Accidents, had its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It garnered numerous awards, including a Warner Bros. Production Prize and Grand Jury Prizes from the Seattle International Film Festival and San Francisco Shorts Fest, among others.
Sara’s feature-length script, Little Accidents, inspired by the short film of the same title, explores tragedy and redemption within an American coal mining community. During its development it was supported by the Sundance Writers and Directors Labs, IFP’s No Borders program, and garnered honors such as the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Award, a 2011-2012 Indian Paintbrush Fellowship and 2011-2012 Annenberg Institute Fellowship. The film had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, and was released theatrically in 2015.
Sara was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in July 2010. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and received her M.F.A. at New York University’s Graduate Film Division.
Winning Project: Little Accidents