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The Filmmaker Four: Britt Rentschler

By May 30, 2022May 2nd, 2024No Comments

Britt Rentschler is an Alabama native is best known for her roles in the Emmy Nominated/Sundance Alum Uncle Frank, opposite Paul Bettany, Steve Zahn, and Judy Greer (Amazon), Instant Family, opposite Rose Byrne, and Mark Wahlberg (Paramount), and Shots Fired, opposite Richard Dreyfuss (FOX). Additional performance credits include The Detour, opposite Jason Jones, and Natalie Zea (TBS), Lodge 49, opposite Wyatt Russell (AMC), Long Slow Exhale, opposite Josh Lucas, (Spectrum), Instant Mom (Nickelodeon), Castle (ABC), Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), Daytime Divas (VH1), SIX (A&E), The Resident (FOX), and NCIS:LA (CBS).

As a filmmaker, Britt has been making stories since she was knee-high, stealing her dad’s camcorder to invent everything from “new” SNL skits to gold medal living room ice (carpet) skating. After making her directing debut on the stage with “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, Britt continued to direct and perform in regional theater, until her move to Los Angeles, where she picked up the camera, once again. After producing and writing a series of award-winning festival circuit shorts, Pretty Problems is her debut feature, which has gathered accolades as the 2022 SXSW Audience Award Narrative Spotlight Winner, Sonoma International Grand Jury Award, and the ReFrame Stamp of Recognition for gender equity in production, awarded by IMDB Pro, Women in Film, and the Sundance Institute.

Britt received her MFA from the University of Central Florida in Partnership with The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and grew up on the stage and in the rehearsal hall. After studying abroad with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performing in various regional theaters in the Southeast, Britt made her way West, to begin a career in television and film.

She is a member of MENSA, Women in Film, and a practicing Reiki Master and Artistic Coach, working with everyone from academy Award-Winning Actors, to brand new faces. An advocate for the power of storytelling and freedom of expression at all ages, she is a volunteer for Young Storytellers and the LA LGBT center.”

Her film, “Pretty Problems“, is part of BIFF 2022.

What was your first experience on a film set?

I grew up on the stage, so my first time on a film set was such an education! It was in college, and my friend Alex Justinger wrote and directed a beautiful vampire film, silent movie style, and asked me to star in it. I was blown away by the technicalities, and what he could pull off, just using his apartment and the building’s deserted basement. It was certainly the beginning of my love for Indie Filmmaking. I saw what can happen when passion leads the way, and how creative problem solving can create an impactful story on a limited budget.

What was the first film you directed/wrote?

When I was 9, my sister and I wrote and directed our very own “Saturday Night Live” episode, complete with sketches and commercials. We had a very small audience, but certainly award winning material, according to the rave reviews we received… (from our Mom and Dad)

Who is your favorite filmmaker?

Wes Anderson. The humor, heart, and style he infuses into every piece never fails to spark my spirit. He is dedicated to a very detailed and artful whimsy, and I love that, very much.

What are you working on that no one knows about?

Ooh…you are so sneaky! A dark comedy feature with some wonderfully outrageous characters. So if you like Pretty Problems, stay tuned!