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A biracial girl caught between two worlds prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and adulthood.

 

Awards

Atlanta Film Festival 2020    Winner - Filmmaker-to-Watch Award
Bentonville Film Festival 2020    Winner - Jury Award, Best Short Film

Hip Hop Film Festival 2020    Winner - Best Narrative
Indy Shorts International Film Festival 2020    Winner - Directorial Debut

New York International Children's Film Festival 2021 - Jury Special Mention

  

Official Selection

Annapolis Film Festival 2020

Ashland International Film Festival 2020

Aspen Shortsfest 2020    Nominee - Best Short Short

Athens International Film + Video Festival (Ohio) 2021

Athens Short Film Festival (Greece) 2020

Baltimore International Black Film Festival 2020
Berlinale International Film Festival 2020   
Nominee - Crystal Bear, Generation Kplus - Best Short Film

BlackStar Film Festival 2020

Boston Jewish Film Festival 2020

Boulder Jewish Film Festival 2021

Brooklyn Film Festival 2020

Calgary International Film Festival 2020

Coney Island Film Festival 2020

deadCenter 2020

Denver Jewish Film Festival 2021
Florida Film Festival 2020   
Nominee - Grand Jury Award, Best Narrative Short

Garden State Film Festival 2020

Gershman Philly Jewish Film Festival 2020

Hamptons International Film Festival 2020

HollyShorts Film Festival 2020

Indie Street Film Festival 2020

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2020

Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival 2020

LA Shorts International Film Festival 2020    Finalist - Shortlisted

Loudoun Arts Film Festival 2020

Miami Jewish Film Festival 2021

Mo & Friese Kurzfilm Hamburg 2021
Montclair Film Festival (MFF) 2020    
Nominee - New Jersey Shorts Competition

Moscow Jewish Film Festival 2020

Nantucket Film Festival 2020

NJ Jewish Film Festival 2020

NYU First Run Film Festival 2020    Graduate Finalist - Wasserman Award 

NYU Fusion    Honorable Mention - Canon Filmmaker Award

Palm Springs International ShortFest 2020    Nominee - Best Student U.S. Short

Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2020

Portland Film Festival 2020
Reel Love Film Festival 2021

Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival 2020

REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival 2021

SFFilm Festival 2020

Snake Alley Festival of Film 2020

St. Louis International Film Festival 2020

Stockholm Film Festival Junior 2021
SXSW Film Festival 2020    
Nominee - SXSW Grand Jury Award, Narrative Short

TIDE Film Festival 2020

Urbanworld Film Festival 2020
Walla Walla Movie Crush 2020   
Nominee - Best Performance, Indigo Hubbard-Salk

 

 

Director's Statement

Broken Bird follows Birdie, a biracial girl raised by her Jewish mom in a New Jersey suburb, as she spends a rare 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

 
 

Main Credits

Starring 
Indigo Hubbard-Salk

Chad L. Coleman

Jari Jones

Bill Aiken

Mel House

Written, Directed and Produced by Rachel Harrison Gordon
Producer Alon Gur

Director of Photography Rashad Frett

Costume Designer Mia Flanagan

Editor Rachel Harrison Gordon

Original Music Amyra León

Trailer

 
 

Rachel Harrison Gordon

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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.

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