Garden State Film Festival
Saturday, March 28 6:15PM
Annapolis Film Festival
Sunday, March 29 10:00
Broken Bird follows Birdie, a biracial girl raised by her Jewish mom in a New Jersey suburb, as she spends a rare visitation day with her father while preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. She overcomes her doubts, and decides to risk inviting him back into her life. Birdie confronts what independence means as she steps into adulthood on her own terms.
This film celebrates the various worlds and lives we incorporate into our own unique identities. I had to learn to be comfortable in my own skin, and I know there are a lot of young people out there who feel the same way. I hope they can take a measure of comfort from Birdie's story, and that they see their own strengths through Birdie's eyes.
- Rachel Harrison Gordon
Chad L. Coleman
Written, Directed and Produced by Rachel Harrison Gordon
Producer Alon Gur
Director of Photography Rashad Frett
Costume Designer Mia Flanagan
Editor Rachel Harrison Gordon
Rachel Harrison Gordon
WRITER AND DIRECTOR
Rachel is an MFA/MBA candidate at NYU Tisch/Stern and a Sundance 2020 Blackhouse Fellow. Rachel's interest in storytelling evolved through pursuits of perspectives in journalism and in government. She has studied people through quantitative behavioral data and through their stories, and hopes to create films, commercials and music videos that highlight the different ways people come of age. Her work challenges expectations of race, family and addiction.
Prior to NYU, she served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the Obama Administration, learning about Veterans and their experience returning home. She worked as a data analyst within a consumer insights group at The New York Times. Rachel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, where she studied Mechanical Engineering.
Broken Bird is Rachel's first film.