Rae Shaw is based in Los Angeles, California. She is a writer, producer-director and educator creating diverse and provocation narratives across disciplines of visual media, fiction/non-fiction, and poetry. Her work has explored and investigated stories of diversity, gender, disparity and connection.
A graduate of the University of Chicago's English Literature and Language Department and University of Miami's Motion Picture Program, Rae's filmmaking career launched with the debut of the award winning short, Soap and Roses, which she produced, wrote and directed. Soap tells the controversial story of a rapist and the community he affects.
After leaving film school, Rae moved to Los Angeles to learn more about the industry. Working her way up at The Firm, One Race Films, and Lions Gate, Rae developed and forged contacts and connections within management, production and business affairs which she still draws from today. Rae continued developing her skills as a director under noted author and instructor Judith Weston. She also directed a stage production with Write Act Repertory in Hollywood in 2008. That same year she founded the LLC, Wicked Lovely Films, to support her projects and the projects of other new artists. In 2009 Rae's project The Nurse, now developed as a TV pilot, entered the second round of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.
In 2011 Rae coordinated Poetrypalooza 2011 a 10-day local poetry festival in Los Angeles which debuted staged scenes from her poetic Cuban dance script, Salsa Millennia, which entered the industry round of Sundance in previous years. In 2012 Rae's film series of poems and feature project The Repass were featured on the Kodak storyboard page in an article called “Poetry in Motion.” Rae’s work has been featured at various LA venues including The Bureau for Arts and Culture, South LA's Southwest College, and SexSpeaks. In 2014, Rae's feature script became a Quarterfinalist for the esteemed Academy Nicholl Fellowship and Rae completed a teaser trailer for the film in 2015. The Repass was also highlighted on Indiewire's Shadow & Act and numerous other blogs that same year.
During her career Rae has received numerous awards including the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship, Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artists Fellowship, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellowship which funded production of her film short, Soap and Roses, shot on location in Chicago. In 2016 Rae was awarded the Pro8mm Film Grant for her upcoming web series production, Black Kungfu Chick. Rae recently completed the experimental horror short, Little Red’s Pie, an examination of society’s complicity with sexual assault which she is shopping to festivals. She is developing a web series pilot for television, Black Kungfu Chick, a story about a young girl from South L.A. who learns kungfu from her pre-med teacher so she can protect her community. And she continues developing her passion project The Repass, an independently-produced spectacular drama-thriller centered around Haitian vodou and Hurricane Katrina.
Rae is a member of AWD, University of Chicago Alumni Association, Organization of Black Screenwriters, ACLU, LACMA and Reel Ladies. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.
Wicked Lovely Films