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About Wynter

director’s bio
Wynter Rhys is an award winning visionary director, writer, and editor from the Seattle area. Her signature aesthetic and storytelling style represents the controversial and abstract thoughts that push the boundaries of society and common thinking. She wants her films to ignite raw truth and get under an audience's skin. As a director, she begins and instills the story, but she believes the story evolves and resolves itself within the mind of her audience - which is precisely the reason why her films are so psychological. Universally human, undeniably chilling, and beautifully visceral - this is the foundation of every piece she creates.

Wynter wrote, edited and directed her first film, Little Red, at 15 years old. Her films have been awarded in many festivals worldwide. Now, at 19, she is in pre-production of her first feature film, Subject Eleven, which will be shot in Atlanta Georgia 2018. She is also pursuing her BFA in filmmaking at Savannah College of Art and Design on a full scholarship. Wynter is a National YoungArts Alumni, winning in Cinematic Arts 2016 and 2017.

director's statement
I'm a very visual director, so when I write my scripts I have a very clear idea of what I want the finished piece to look like prior to production. I believe interpretation to be an extension of my work. The underlying message of my films, to some, is like a faint evoked memory or deja vu - for others, it's clear and in their face from start to finish. I write something I am passionate about, and then I convey it through visual correlation, but it becomes art when it is taken in by other's eyes and processed in their minds, or even thought about later. That is when it goes from a project to a piece. And if my piece lingers, if it is reflected on, if it raises questions - then I have done my job.

Credits

  • The Fawn Response

    The Fawn Response (2016)
    Film (Drama, Horror, Thriller and Short) Writer/Director Two serial killers meet over coffee because they have targeted the same victim by mistake.

  • Jouska

    Jouska (2016)
    Film (Drama, Thriller and Short) Writer/Director An elderly man grapples with the guilt of what he's done in the strange, whimsical land of his subconscious

  • Little Red

    Little Red (2014)
    Film (Adventure, Drama, Thriller and Short) Writer/Director This is a dark, controversial and abstract take on the classic Charles Perrault fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.

Awards

  • National YoungArts Cinematic Arts Winner
    (2107)

  • The Young Filmmakers Grand Jury Prize, Nashville Film Festival, Nashville Tennessee
    (2017)

  • Best Experimental, CineYouth Chicago International Film Festival
    (2017)

  • Best Experimental, Feel The Reel International Film Festival, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    (2017)

  • Best Youth Film, FilmQuest, Provo Utah
    (2017)

  • Director of the Year, Rockland Youth Film Festival, Rockland NY
    (2017)

  • George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, Florence Alabama, Vanguard Award Finalist
    (2017)

  • Francis Larkin McCommon Scholarship Winner, full-tuition SCAD
    (2017)

  • National YoungArts Foundation Cinematic Arts Winner
    (2016)

  • Audience Award winner, Edge of Your Seat, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) 2016, Se
    (2016)

  • Depth of Field -award of Excellence - Direction, Editing and Viewer Impact: Content/Message Delivery
    (2015)

Education

  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
    (2017-2019)

  • Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA)
    (2014-2016)

  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus (Seattle, WA)
    (2016)

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