Deb Shoval
Deb shoval

Deb Shoval’s films have premiered at Sundance and Tribeca, winning praise from publications including The LA Times, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and Marie Claire. Her first feature film AWOL, starring Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle, Mistress America) and Breeda Wool (UnREAL, Mr. Mercedes), was sold by ICM, distributed worldwide by The Orchard, and has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. AWOL is available in the US on platforms including Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. Shoval has an MFA in Film from Columbia University, where she was a Women in Film Fellow. She is an alum of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Film Independent Directing and Producing Labs, IFP Narrative Lab, Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory and the MacDowell Colony. Her work has received support from organizations including The Jerome Foundation, Frameline, Women in Film, Tribeca Film Institute, Adrienne Shelly Foundation, US Works in Progress Paris, Kodak, and Technicolor. Shoval received her most valuable education when she was 19 years old, as an apprentice on a horse-powered farm on the coast of Maine. After receiving a BA in Sustainable Agriculture from Hampshire College, Shoval co-founded The Liberty Cabbage Theatre Revival, touring the US with plays about agriculture and the environment in a bus powered by vegetable oil. For five years, she ran a 27-acre organic vegetable farm in Northeast Pennsylvania.