A.V. Rockwell is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Queens, New York. Acknowledged as a “rising indie filmmaker” by Entertainment Weekly, her work which includes the short film collection Open City Mixtape, has been celebrated for its brutal yet poetically humanized depictions of urban life. Rockwell’s narrative short KIDS, screened at Telluride Film Festival, was described by Indiewire.com as “…one of those types of bold, stylistically and visually powerful pieces that leave you yearning to see more.” The distinctive voice that dominates her work slyly addresses issues of race, family, identity, and systematic oppression.
Rockwell was invited to study at the prestigious graduate film program of NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she was awarded full scholarship as a Dean’s Fellow. She was also handpicked to direct The Gospel, a music-driven short film commissioned by singer/songwriter Alicia Keys. Presented as a visual prelude to Keys’ sixth studio album Here, it would go on to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, be named a pop critic pick on The New York Times’ column, The Playlist and receive a Clio Music Award for Film.
Most recently, Rockwell was named the winner of Tribeca Film Institute and CHANEL’s Through Her Lens production grant, highlighted in Saatchi & Saatchi’s New Directors’ Showcase and is a John S. Guggenheim Foundation 2017 Fellow.