Rachel Liebling is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for true stories and real-life subjects. She’s currently at work on Deep East Texas, a true crime drama series based on a story from the New Yorker. The pilot script, a top five finalist for the 2021 ISA Fast track Fellowship, was lauded as "a compelling page turner from start to finish, with some extraordinarily meaty characters and a complex, intriguing landscape ripe for television." Her pilot script Transit of Venus won an ISA fellowship to Stowe Story Labs. Her music feature, High Lonesome - The Story of Bluegrass Music, acclaimed as "Enthralling" by The New York Times, had a national theatrical release and screened in Tribeca Films series "American Music: From Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway," alongside Martin Scorsese's Blues and Ken Burns’ Jazz. Liebling received a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art, and an MFA from the Columbia University Graduate Film Program where she studied screenwriting with Chris Kazan and directing with Milos Forman.
Deep East Texas Drama ⋄ Crime During the 1980s war on drugs, a black female undercover agent goes “behind the pine curtain” to bring down an ole-boy Texas sheriff targeted as a cocaine kingpin. She discovers a conspiracy more sinister than crack cocaine brewing in the pine barrens of Deep East Texas. A true story.