Carlen May-Mann

Writer / Director / Artist

Carlen May-Mann is a writer, director, and artist dedicated to personal and emotive storytelling. Her short film THE RAT was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and it went on to win the Best Director award at the 2019 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2019 Method Fest. The film premiered online on Gunpowder & Sky’s horror platform ALTER and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

In addition, her feature-length screenplay STRAWBERRY SUMMER (which she will go on to direct) was a participant in the 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive and is being supported by Cinereach. Recently, the script for Carlen’s new short FROM YOUR EYES TO MINE was named an Official Selection of the 2020 Hollyshorts Screenwriting Competition as well as a top 15 finalist for THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program in 2019.

Carlen has been featured in Indiewire, The Creative Independent, Moveable Fest, and more. She has worked previously in the music video space, as well as in the art department on multiple feature films. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the NNK Award for Best Undergraduate Screenplay and the Leavell Memorial Prize for Outstanding Work in Film Studies. She resides in NYC, where she produces her filmmaking through film and media collective NITE SHIFT, an organization she co-founded in 2016.