PROJECTS

 

Rolla Selbak

Filmmaker, Podcaster, Storyteller 
Rolla Selbak is a Sundance alumna, and a triple- minority in the film industry: a queer, Muslim-American woman.
 
She is a writer/director of film and TV drama, and is known for bringing strong female characters to the forefront of her work. She imprints her fresh point of view as a queer Arab immigrant having moved to the U.S after the first Gulf War, and often focuses on socially topical issues that unite audiences.

Her credits include writing and directing "Choke", about a rising MMA fighter who hides her Syrian refugee status from her small American town, starring Jessica Damouni, and helming the internationally acclaimed feature film "Three Veils", a first of its kind to confront homosexuality within the Muslim-American subculture.

Selbak currently has TV projects in development at 20th Century Fox and Sony.

She has previously served on the board of directors at OUTFEST, home to the largest LGBT International Film Festival in the world, and the SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN’S FILM INSTITUTE, where she was involved in initiatives specifically geared towards nurturing a new generation of filmmakers.
 

BIO

 

Awards

WINNER

OUTSIDER'S AWARD

OUT NORTH

THEATER 2011

AUDIENCE AWARD

B E S T  F I L M

PORTLAND WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL 2011

WINNER

RAINBOW

AWARD

Honolulu LGBT

International 2011

JURY AWARD

B E S T 

F I L M

AFFMA 2011

JURY AWARD

B E S T 

FEMALE FEATURE

Long Island LGBT

International 2011

WINNER

B E S T 

SCREENPLAY

San Diego LGBT

International 2012