An award-winning filmmaker, Rae Shaw began her journey to filmmaking with poetry. She wrote her thesis, a collection of poems, under the tutelage of professors JP Hunter and presidential inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander at the University of Chicago. After receiving her MFA in filmmaking, Rae worked in the film industry as an assistant at The Firm, One Race Films, and Lions Gate, but left to concentrate on developing her own projects. In 2008 she founded Wicked Lovely Films LLC to support her work and the work of other artists. When she isn’t working on her film projects, Rae teaches workshops at libraries and nonprofits in screenwriting, film and poetry. Rae has gained recognition for her scripts Salsa Millenia and Repass and her poetry which was featured on the Kodak storyboard page in an article called Poetry in Motion. She is also the award-winning writer-director-producer of the short Soap and Roses. Soap tells the controversial story of a rapist and the community he affects. Rae’s many awards include funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation among others.
Currently Rae is approaching talent for Repass which will confirm 60% of the budget in equity financing, Canadian co-production incentives and Louisiana tax incentives. She is also completing a memoir. Rae is a member of the Echo Park Film Center, the Friends of Washington Irving Library, Reel Ladies, LACMA, IFP, and ACLU.