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Rachel Pearl Biography

Pasadena City College Cinema Program

Ms. Rachel Pearl – Adjunct Faculty, rpearl@ucla.edu
New York City Native and award winning editor/writer/director Rachel Ann Pearl earned a B.S. in  Neurobiology from Cornell University before she came to her senses and moved to Boston, MA to attend Berklee College of Music. 

She forgot to leave.

Rachel spent the next 15 years performing jazz, folk, and rock music and making short films.  In 1997 she made her obsession with film official by enrolling in the  MFA Directing Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.  Her first film, “Cats can be Quite Satisfying”, a  “Premenopausal Comedy”,  received the Jack Nicholson Distinguished Student Directing Award, The Rita Morrison Directing Award, and was nominated for UCLA’s Spotlight competition. Her second film, “The Shabbos Goy” was made with the help of the Lynn Weston Fellowship for Women in Film, the Fotokem Post Production Fellowship and the Technicolor Post Production Award. 

The winner of the 2004 UCLA Spotlight Award and Student Awards for Best Script and Best Directing of Actors,  “The Shabbos Goy” has screened at numerous festivals, including the IFP LA Film Festival, The Boston Film Festival, and The Palms Springs International Short Film Festival.  Rachel was honored with a “Best Editing” Award in 2005 for her work on Samantha Davidson’s film, “Dead End Job”. She’s currently working as a freelance editor and writer as well as teaching film studies at various Los Angeles Colleges.

Rachel’s work both as an editor and as a director explore the stories of people “living under the radar” and the ingenuity they use to create family and identity when more traditional models are either unavailable or unappealing.