Rachel Thomas-Medwid

Rachel Thomas-Medwid

Director, Filmmaker and Screenwriter

Boston, Massachusetts

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About Rachel

Rachel is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and independent filmmaker who made the ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021 list. As a storyteller, she likes to explore the darker instincts of human nature to shed light on important subjects. She won the Female Filmmaker Award at the Lonely Seal International Film Festival for her film "The Squirrels in the Attic," which will be going to the Cannes Film Market during the Cannes Film Festival in 2021. She also received Best First Time Director at the New York Movie Awards, Best Narrative Short Film Director at the Mystic Film Festival, Audience Award for Outstanding Short at the Film Invasion Los Angeles Festival, and semi-finalist in the Academy Award Qualifying Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Her other screenplays—two features, a television pilot, and numerous shorts—have won multiple awards and have provided her with incredible opportunities to network and learn more about the craft of filmmaking. Her screenplay "The Influencer" was the Grand Prize Winner in the ISA’s Shoot Your Short 2020 contest and is currently in preproduction. She recently directed another of her award-winning screenplays, "In the Company of Crows," which is in postproduction, scheduled for release in 2021, and for which she was finalist for the New England Film Star Awards.

Rachel feels that stories are an extraordinary tool that can help both empower and humanize individuals that may not have that voice in the real world. There are so many stories to tell and she’s looking forward to continuing that journey through both writing and independent filmmaking.

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  • Penny

    Penny Budget: $0 - $100K | Horror A female chef fights dark impulses stemming from a traumatic childhood memory while trying to maintain a normal dating façade.

  • The Shed

    The Shed Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama A grieving woman's attachment to a mysterious child threatens her marriage and her sanity.

  • Dissection Day

    Dissection Day Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama A biology lab takes an unexpected turn when a victimized college student is partnered with the person who wronged her.

  • Tails

    Tails Budget: $0 - $100K | Horror A young girl faces post apocalyptic fairy tale creatures in a quest to get her grandmother what she needs.

  • The Lost Opera

    The Lost Opera Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance Thriller A defiant teenage opera student races to escape her elite academy before she’s forced to kill the boy she loves or die by his hand during their spectacular and cruel senior-year performance.

  • Fits

    Fits Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller When an epileptic teen falls for a mysterious girl in a conservative southern town, he finds his sanity and life threatened by the corrupt minister and his unstable son who rule the social and political scenes of the town.

  • The Influencer

    The Influencer Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller Drama When the dowdy stepsister of a popular online influencer interrupts a business meeting with her “momager” and a potential sponsor, the influencer’s reality is exposed—and it’s not a pretty picture.

  • The Watch

    The Watch Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller Drama When an inept security guard encounters ominous spirits during the night watch at a solitary quarry, he's forced to face demons resurrected from his cruel past.

  • Burn Unit

    Burn Unit Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller Drama When an unbalanced burn unit nurse and his intoxicated polka-loving neighbor take on patrol duty Halloween night, the ghouls they face are not the ones they expected.

  • Renovation

    Renovation Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller Horror A young couple faces an unwelcome guest when they open up the walls of their new home during an ambitious renovation project.

  • The Joppa Flat

    The Joppa Flat Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller Drama When a headstrong teenager discovers her gun-toting professor father and depressed obese mother were involved in a scandalous death years ago, her investigation sweeps everyone in their isolated home on the Joppa Flats of Plum Island into a haunting narrative that results in another untimely death.

  • The Final Reel

    The Final Reel Comedy Drama When the family of a stupidly innocent young man discovers his fiancée is a bad seed, pre-wedding drama explodes against the backdrop of classic cinematic moments.

  • Therapy (and Other Bad Habits)

    Therapy (and Other Bad Habits) Budget: $0 - $100K | Comedy Drama When a sadistic "therapist" encourages physical violence to help his therapy group quit smoking, the dysfunctional members experience unexpected breakthroughs.

Awards

  • ISA's Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021
    (2020)

  • Female Filmmaker Award, Lonely Seal International Film Festival
    (2020)

  • Best Narrative Short Film Director, Mystic Film Festival
    (2020)

  • Short Your Short Grand Prize Winner
    (2020)

  • Best First Time Director, New York Movie Awards
    (2020)

  • New England Film Star Award Finalist
    (2020)

  • IMDb Script to Screen Finalist
    (2020)

  • Screenwriter's Network Competition Finalist
    (2020)

  • StudioFest Finalist
    (2019)

  • London International Filmmaker Festival Winner
    (2019)

  • London Film Awards Second Place
    (2019)

  • Sherman Oaks Film Festival Grand Jury Prize
    (2018)

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