Filmmaker, Podcaster, Storyteller
Rolla Selbak is a Sundance alumna, and a writer/director of film and TV, with TV projects most recently in development at 20th Century Fox and Sony. She imprints her fresh point of view as a Palestinian American, having moved to the U.S after the first Gulf War, and often focuses on socially topical issues that unite audiences.
Her recent pilot, CHOKE, was a winner of The Black List (Muslim List). Based on her award winning short film of the same name, it tells the story of a Syrian refugee of who dreams of becoming an MMA champion.
Other notable credits include co-producing the Sundance 2017 short film AMERICAN PARADISE, which served as the predecessor for the Sundance feature film LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, and helming the internationally acclaimed feature film THREE VEILS, a first of its kind to confront homosexuality within the Muslim-American subculture.
She has previously served on the board of directors at OUTFEST, and the SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN’S FILM INSTITUTE, where she was involved in initiatives specifically geared towards nurturing a new generation of filmmakers.