. DIRECTOR . PROFESSOR . CRUNK FEMINIST .
Dr. Rachel Raimist is an award-winning filmmaker who most recently directed episode 120 of NANCY DREW for The CW and 208 "Say It Ain't So" of ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO for The CW. She also directed episode 402 "Did I Lose You?" of GREENLEAF for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She was invited to join the Director's Guild of America (DGA) when she was named a season 3 director of QUEEN SUGAR, the award-winning episodic television show produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey (OWN) after directing episode 311, "Your Passages Have Been Paid." She is also developing original TV content and teaches production and screenwriting for colleges.
Raimist has also produced an episode of the docuseries MAVERICKS, produced by veteran actor Michael Michelle and Chris Jenkins, Associate Editor of The Washington Post. This episode marks Michelle's directorial debut and brought the inclusive crew on location to film in Tucson, Arizona.
Raimist’s award-winning films have screened at festivals such as South By Southwest, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, San Jose Cinequest, and Women in the Director’s Chair, and on national and international television outlets and are housed in libraries on every major campus in the US.
Raimist was once a tenured associate professor at the University of Alabama where she taught media production in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media. She left her tenured position, retained her title and continues to teach online for Bama where she has taught screenwriting, videography, directing and documentary courses as well as travel-study courses, "C&IS in LA" and "JCM at Sundance," which are immersive industry-focused travel courses. Currently she teaches professional development, television industry and PA bootcamp online.
Currently Raimist teaches for New York University's Los Angeles Program, Syracuse Los Angeles (SULA), Elon University's Semester in Los Angeles and for San Jose State University (online).
While teaching at Alabama Raimist, in partnership with Red Mountain Entertainment and the City of Tuscaloosa, developed a live events video production internship program at The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. She trained, staffed and managed the Imag big screen video crew, staffed by all undergraduate students who "ran the show" for major touring acts including Luke Bryan, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, The Old School Tour, ZZ Top, The Avett Brothers and many more. In 2014, Raimist and her crew were awarded the Venue Education Award at the Venue Connect Conference.
For six years, Raimist also served as Co-Director of UA's Creative Campus, an arts advocacy organization that supports student interns to build arts focused projects and events. Events such as the Black Warrior Film Festival were created as part of this faculty-led, student centered program.
Raimist served as faculty for the fall 2017 term on Semester at Sea's floating campus where she taught courses on global cinema, digital photography and women's literature. On this voyage she visited and taught field classes and led programs on four continents, in ten countries and thirteen cities in Germany, Spain, Ghana, South Africa, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, China and Japan. Additionally her scholarship and production work has taken her to Nigeria, Mexico, England, Norway, Chile, Argentina and France. She believes that travel is a must for understanding justice and community in today's globalized world.
In 1999 the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota named the department's media center as The Rachel Raimist Feminist Media Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. Raimist also earned a B.A. in 1995 and a M.F.A. in 1999 in Directing from the UCLA School of Film and Television, and a M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1995.
Raimist has been a proud member of the Crunk Feminist Collective since 2010. The Crunks are an amazing collective of feminist activists, scholars, artists, and visionaries with very passionate fans. Visit the Crunk Feminist Collective on our blog, on our facebook page and check out the CFC book: The Crunk Feminist Collection.
"It is necessary for me to always keep in mind that one cannot really
theorize about film, but only with film." -Trinh T. Minh-ha, Framer Framed
RACHELMAKESMOVIES is an homage to my favorite distributor WOMENMAKEMOVIES.
They were the first distributors to believe in me and share my work with the world.