WRITER | DIRECTOR
CARLEN MAY-MANN is a writer, director, and artist dedicated to personal and emotive storytelling. Her short film THE RAT was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2019 Method Fest. Selected as a 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Fellow, Carlen is currently co-writing and directing STRAWBERRY SUMMER, which has received support from the Sundance Institute and Cinereach.
Carlen’s work as a director also includes several music videos. Of these, “Home” by The Meltaways debuted on Impose Magazine and “Bite My Tongue” by Eli Sundae debuted on AdHoc. Carlen produces her filmmaking through New York-based film and media collective NITE SHIFT, an organization she co-founded.
In addition, Carlen’s credits in the art department include A24’s MENASHE (dir. Joshua Weinstein, 2017 Sundance NEXT; 2017 Berlinale), Washington Square Films’ 11:55 (dir. Ari Issler and Ben Snyder, 2016), NO PAY, NUDITY (dir. Lee Wilkof, 2016), and THE NEAREST HUMAN BEING (dir. Marco Coppola, 2019).
Carlen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with a degree in Film Studies and Psychology. At the end of her senior year, she was awarded the NNK Award for Best Undergraduate Screenplay and the Leavell Memorial Prize for Outstanding Work in Film Studies.