A Conversation w/ Savannah Rodgers, Kansas-based writer/director (Ep 6)

Savannah Rodgers is a director, writer, and producer currently based out of Lawrence, KS. She creates short films, web series, and is developing her first feature film. In 2014, she founded Professional Amateur Productions, a company aiming to create quality, intersectional feminist content.

Savannah received the Visionary Award from the Outlaw Film Festival and the Fred G. Andrews Emerging Filmmaker Award from Kansas City FilmFest in 2016. Her short film Sketches (2016) premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival; it has received multiple honors on the independent film festival circuit. Her directorial debut Politically Correct (2015) was named Cinema Constant’s 2016 Best Comedy Short Film, and has garnered awards from Kansas City FilmFest, Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, and other festivals worldwide. Both Sketches and Politically Correct have received distribution at REVRY, the world’s first LGBTQ+ streaming platform.

Most recently, she was a Top 10 finalist for the 2017 Horizon Award. She was a semi-finalist for the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Storytelling and YouTube New Voices labs in 2016. Her proposed web series, Poly, was an IndieWire Project of the Day. Her documentary work has been featured on Films for Action. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Kansas City Women in Film & TV.

Savannah graduated from the University of Kansas in 2017. While attending KU, she has received multiple honors for her dedication to the film community, including the 2016 Bill Gilbert Award and the 2015 Loren Dolezal Community Service Award. She has also been nominated for 9 Tensie Awards through the University, winning two for Best Director (2016) and Best Screenplay (2015).


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