Amy Russo is a recent graduate of Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Directing, with a minor in Writing. Originally from New Jersey, she received high marks and several artistic awards during her time at Emerson, including numerous awards for her short screenplay RACING THE SUNRISE. She has participated in many student films while attending Emerson in various roles, most prominently as Production Designer and, recently, as Writer/Director. RACING THE SUNRISE, a story based on true events involving sexual assault and its effects, has garnered accolades such as Cannes Short Film Corner Official Selection, and Russo won Best Student Director at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. Her second short screenplay, HANGDOG COMPANY, received first place in its category at the Cannes Screenplay Contest. When she's not working on films or jotting down notes for her next project, she enjoys participating in Tough Mudder races and spending time with her three sisters. She currently lives in Los Angeles and works as the assistant to an Emmy Award-winning writer/director.
Racing the Sunrise
Film (short) (Drama and Short) Writer/Director In this film based on a true event, Shrader, her mother, and her two younger sisters live with their chins just above the water. With the help of her best friend Billy, Shrader has one shining beacon in the life of working the night shift at a diner and living paycheck to paycheck: Vince. He gives Shrader the sense of hope and love she does not get from her home life. We follow Shrader through a day in the life--one that will ultimately become the hardest thing she will ever have to live through, and will stay with her forever.