Wicked Lovely Films & Media, LLC is an independent production and distribution company based in Oakland, California which funds, produces and distributes original and innovative media projects.
Pushing the boundaries of our visions to discover a new way of seeing the world.
A graduate of the University of Chicago's English Literature and Language Department and University of Miami's Motion Picture Program, Rae's filmmaking career launched with the debut of the award winning short, Soap and Roses, which she produced, wrote and directed. Soap tells the controversial story of a rapist and the community he affects.
After leaving film school, Rae moved to Los Angeles to learn more about the industry. Working her way up at The Firm, One Race Films, and Lions Gate, Rae developed and forged contacts and connections within management, production and business affairs which she still draws from today.
As Rae continued developing her skills as a director, she delved into theater where she directed a stage production with Write Act Repertory in Hollywood in 2008. That same year she founded the LLC, Wicked Lovely Films, to support her projects and the projects of other new artists. In 2009 Rae's project “The Nurse,” now developed as a TV pilot, entered the second round of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.
Rae's writing expands many forms including screenwriting, poetry, essay, memoir and short fiction. In 2011 Rae co-coordinated Poetrypalooza 2011 a 10-day local poetry festival in Los Angeles which debuted staged scenes from her poetic Cuban dance script, “Salsa Millennia,” which entered the industry round of Sundance in previous years. In 2012 Rae's film series of poems and feature project “The Repass” were featured on the Kodak storyboard page in an article called “Poetry in Motion.” Rae’s writing has been featured at various LA venues including The Bureau for Arts and Culture, South LA's Southwest College, and SexSpeaks.
In 2014 Rae's feature script The Repass became a Quarterfinalist for the esteemed Academy Nicholl Fellowship and Rae completed a teaser trailer for the film in 2015. The Repass was also highlighted on Indiewire's Shadow & Act and numerous other blogs that same year. In 2019 Rae's script Mating was honored as a semifinalist for NYWIFT and the Universal Writers Program.
During her career Rae has received numerous awards including the Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship, Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artists Fellowship, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Leander Morris Music Scholarship Foundation and Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellowship which funded production of her film short, Soap and Roses, shot on location in Chicago. In 2016 Rae was awarded the Pro8mm Film Grant for her upcoming web series production, “Black Kungfu Chick.”
Rae completed the experimental horror short, “Little Red’s Pie,” in 2017, an examination of sexual assault and society’s and her long-gestating web series pilot for television, “Black Kungfu Chick,” premiered in 2021 at the Slamdance Film Festival. "Black Kung Fu Chick" tells the story about a young girl from South LA who learns kung fu from her premed teacher who is a qi gong master. She continues seeking funding for her passion project “The Repass,” an independently produced spectacular drama-thriller centered around Haitian vodou and Hurricane Katrina.
Rae is currently developing a new multimedia project revolving around shattering the stereotypes of black women, and seeking financing for her award-winning script MATING, which delves into the issues of child sexual abuse. Her upcoming book THE SHORT, a screenwriting and personal tools book from MWP, is due to be released in August 2024.
Rae is a member of AWD, University of Chicago Alumni Association, IFP, Organization of Black Screenwriters, ACLU, and WOCU. She splits her time between east and west coasts and recently moved to Oakland where she teaches at San Francisco State University after teaching at Emerson College.
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