Marlene Rhein was born into a dysfunctional family one spring in New York City. Although she always felt socially awkward, creativity anddancing were her vehicles for expression and self-confidence. Comedy, music, dance, film, and writing became her salvation and eventually her career. After attending Ithaca College on a Rod Serling Screenwriting Scholarship, she went to LA with $40 in her pocket and wound up directing hip hop videos, including 2Pac’s last (“All About You” budget $300,000).
At the age of 26 she would go on to direct music videos for Amy Winehouse, an award-winning, self-starring comedy short film “Let Me Tell You A Story,” and eventually return to NYC where she shot her first feature, “The Big Shot-Caller,” which was theatrically released in ’09, reviewed by the New York Times and acclaimed by critic Kam Williams, who called it “an appealing little gem of an indie which marks the impressive debut of Marlene Rhein as a writer, director and actor.”
Marlene was chosen by Filmmaker Magazine as one of their “Top 25 New Faces of Independent Film.” In addition to developing her next feature film project, Marlene has created several comedy web series including “My Parents Are Crazier Than Yours,” “Angry Gladys,” and “I Don’t Care About the Assholes, with Dr. Rita Gatswani.”
She resides in NYC with her rescued Pit Bull, Luigi.
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