Rachel Harrison Gordon’s Coming of Age drama ‘Broken Bird’ focuses on a biracial girl’s conflicting relationship with her culture and identity

Rachel Harrison Gordon’s Coming of Age drama Broken Bird focuses on a biracial girl’s conflicting relationship with her culture and identity

Selected for SXSW Film Festival 2020 

Starring Chad L. Coleman (The Wire) and Indigo Hubbard-Salk (Netflix Series She’s Gotta Have It)

Rachel Harrison Gordon’s semi-autobiographical film Broken Bird focuses on a biracial girl struggling with her culture and identity, whilst being days away from her Bar Mitzvah. This important film will have its North American Premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2020.

Birdie, a biracial girl raised by her Jewish mom, spends a rare visitation day with her father while preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. They share a meal; she overcomes her doubts, and decides to risk inviting him back into her life. Birdie confronts what independence means as she steps into adulthood on her own terms.

Director Rachel Harrison Gordon is an MFA/MBA candidate at NYU Tisch/Stern and a Sundance 2020 Blackhouse Fellow. Rachel’s interest in storytelling evolved through pursuits of perspectives in journalism and in Government. She hopes to create features, commercials and music videos that highlight the different ways people come of age. Broken Bird is her first film, which was completed as part of her curriculum at school, and screened its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020.

Producer Alon Gur is a lawyer who has worked on political campaigns at local and federal level across the country-advising candidates on policy and strategy. He is currently Legal Counsel at The Justice Collaborative, a nonprofit focused on ending mass incarceration.

Cinematographer Rashad Frett is a first generation American with Caribbean roots who wanted to make a positive impact on society by telling stories through the media. He is currently an MFA Candidate at NYU Tisch and a recipient of the 2018 BAFTA – HBO scholarship, 2018 Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers scholarship, 2018 DGA Student Film Award, a Sundance 2019 Blackhouse Fellow, and a 2020 recipient of the Spike Lee Production Grant. His work has screened at festivals including SXSW, LA Film Festival and American Black Film Festival.

Broken Bird will be screening at SXSW Film Festival 2020 on March 14th at 5:30 pm, March 16th at 12 pm and March 19th at 3 pm.

Broken Bird Teaser from Rachel Harrison Gordon on Vimeo.


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