Rachel Annette Helson
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Rachel Annette Helson is a New York City based director repped by Buchwald.

Her latest short film GOOD DAUGHTER starring Samantha Sloyan (MIDNIGHT MASS, GREY’S ANATOMY) premiered at the Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival. It is currently on the festival circuit where it has been an Official Selection of Spokane International FF, Centre FF and Catalina FF (Best Actress Nomination, Samantha Sloyan.) The short is being developed into a feature.

Other feature film directing credits include THE ENGAGEMENT DRESS (2023,) HOW TO LIVE YOUR BEST DEATH (2022) and THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW (2021.) Her 2019 short film HATCHED (starring Melissa Ponzio) played at festivals across the US, and in recognition of her work, she was named a New Director to Watch by Shoot Online Magazine.

As a character-driven director, Rachel is heavily influenced by her acting background. Select credits include: FULL CIRCLE (directed by Steven Soderbergh – TRIBECA 2023 PREMIERE,) THE KNICK, LAW & ORDER: SVU, POWER and the Netflix film THE POLKA KING (SUNDANCE PREMIERE.)

Rachel is a proud member of Film Fatales, the Alliance of Women Directors and SAG-AFTRA - as well as an alumna of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She holds the distinction of being the Youngest Producer in Broadway history to be Nominated for a Tony Award for her work on Neil LaBute’s REASONS TO BE PRETTY – and has been featured in publications like the New York Times, Backstage and Forbes.


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