Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 16: Marlene Rhein

Marlene Rhein
Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 16: Marlene Rhein

Marlene Rhein was born into a dysfunctional family one spring in New York City.  Although she always felt socially awkward, comedy and creativity became her salvation and eventually her career.  After attending Ithaca College on a Rod Serling Screenwriting Scholarship, she went to LA with $40 in her pocket and wound up directing hip hop videos, including 2Pac’s last with a quarter of a million dollar budget at the age of 26.  She would go on to direct music videos for Amy Winehouse, an award-winning, self-starring comedy short film “Let Me Tell You A Story,” and eventually return to NYC where she shot her first feature, “The Big Shot-Caller,” which was theatrically released in ’09, reviewed by the New York Times and acclaimed by critic Kam Williams, who called it “an appealing little gem of an indie which marks the impressive debut of Marlene Rhein as a writer, director and actor.”  Marlene was chosen by Filmmaker Magazine as one of their “Top 25 New Faces of Independent Film.”  In addition to developing her next feature film project, Marlene has created several comedy web series including “My Parents Are Crazier Than Yours,” “Angry Gladys,” and “I Don’t Care About the Assholes, with Dr. Rita Gatswani.”  After being left broken-hearted by her last love affair, she created “The So-So You Don’t Know” to feel better. She resides in NYC with her rescued Pit Bull, Luigi.




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