A.V. Rockwell is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Queens, New York.
Acknowledged as a “rising indie filmmaker” by Entertainment Weekly, her work which includes the short film collection, Open City Mixtape, has been celebrated for its brutal yet poetically humanized depictions of urban life. The distinctive voice that dominates her work slyly addresses issues of race, family, identity, and systematic oppression.
Rockwell was handpicked by Alicia Keys to direct The Gospel, a music-driven short film preluding Keys’ sixth studio album, Here. It would go on to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and be named a pop critic pick on The New York Times’ column, The Playlist.
More recently, she was named the winner of Tribeca Film Institute and CHANEL’s Through Her Lens grant and is a John S. Guggenheim Foundation 2017 Fellow. A.V. also directed the short film Feathers, which premiered as part of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Official Selection. Currently, Rockwell resides in New York City where she is developing her first feature-length narrative film.