Rita is an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She works as a Director/Producer and a Cinematographer.
Her work has been supported by Sundance, Tribeca Film Institute, International Documentary Association, Film Independent, Points North Institute, ITVS, Netflix, IFP and Technicolor, and has screened in top festivals worldwide. Rita has made a name for herself as a strong visual storyteller with the ability to gain trust and capture beauty in the moments unfolding in real time. The Hollywood Reporter described her work as intimate.
Recently, Rita's documentary City Rising was awarded three Emmy awards including Best Social Issue Film. Her feature documentary My Country No More won Best Feature at the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was picked up for broadcast on Independent Lens in 2019. Rita is also an accomplished Director of Photography, having shot features including Served Like A Girl (SXSW 2017), Circus of Books (Tribeca 2019), License to Operate (Seattle 2016), And She Could Be Next (coming soon), Garenne (coming soon), and Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering’s upcoming documentary.
— Storytelling is my passion. My quest is to leave audiences thinking long after the screen goes dark —
Rita is co-founder of Endless Eye, a production studio based in Los Angeles. In addition to taking feature films from conception to completion, Rita has directed and lensed commercial content for major brands including Beats by Dre, Gatorade and Bud Lite among others. Currently, Rita is in production on her next feature documentary, Sirens, a coming-of-age film about the first female thrash metal band from Lebanon.
Rita grew up a competitive horse jumper on the East coast. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Film from Columbia College Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 2007 where she began her career in international film sales. Today she runs her own production company and is a proud member of Free the Bid, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Film Fatales and the International Collective of Female Cinematographers. When she's not in the field, Rita is dedicated to empowering girls and women through film training. She is an Advisor for the first-ever Sundance Co//ab Documentary Film Course, co-founder and organizer of the group Women in Documentary Filmmaking and an active mentor with Global Girl Media. And she’s usually trying to find a horse to ride!
Awards, Labs & Recognition:
2019 Cannes ‘Breaking Through The Lens’ Finance Initiative Cannes | 2019 Hot Docs Deal Maker | 2019 Inside Out International Finance Forum | 2019 Prairie Award, Fargo International Film Festival | 2018 Camden / TFI / CNN Films Rough Cut Retreat | 2018 Emmy Award Best Social Issue Film | 2018 Best Feature, Big Sky International Film Festival | 2018 Best Feature Documentary, Los Angeles Press Club Awards | 2018 Imagen Award Nominee | 2016 ITVS Open Call Funding | 2016 IFP Film Week | 2016 Tribeca / A&E Indies Story Lab | 2016 Gucci Tribeca Grant, Tribeca Film Institute | 2015 Sundance Women’s Initiative Finance Intensive | 2015 Film Independent Documentary Fellowship | 2016 Rogovy Foundation Miller /Packan Grant | 2014 Technicolor Creative District Grant | 2014 International Documentary Association Pare Lorentz Grant | 2013 North Dakota Humanities Council Grant