director | writer | producer
MOLLY RATERMANN is a writer and director originally from the San Francisco Bay Area known for heartfelt, quirky takes on dark topics.
Most recently, she completed THE COSMOPOLITAN WEST, a western she wrote and directed which was inspired by true events in the West surrounding gender, feminine standards and gender equality told as a quirky yet grounded adventure in the 1889 Wild West. The short premiered at Pioneertown Film Festival in May, further screening at Oscar Qualifying, LA Shorts International Festival, Burbank International Film Festival and winning Twin Cities Film Festival.
The film was requested for a special screening at the Autry Museum Los Angeles in the Wells Fargo Theater, Fall of 2022.
In 2018 she was hired by a London based production company, Studio Soho, as Head of Development, developing a variety of projects, including her own WWII feature, M.I.A.B., working closely with writer Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane).
In partnership with Studio Soho, she was hired to direct and conceptualize the pilot for the docuseries DRIVING WITH ZOE, a quirky, vintage car rally through little known countries with a bare minimum crew of three.
Her debut short, SUICIDE, which she wrote and directed, won 23 awards and comedically dealt with the three opposing forces around suicide.
After directing a variety of shorts and web series, including LIZZIE LOST, FOR THE RECORD, FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY and others, Molly was brought on to direct COMMUNE, a dramedy series surrounding the lives of an ethnically diverse modern commune modeled after the black Freedman towns of the 1800s.
In 2020 she wrote and directed LOVE CHUM, originally made for FX’s CAKE. Although it was ultimately cut before airing, it won Best Comedy Short at Austin Comedy Film Festival.
Currently, she is packaging the feature film of THE COSMOPOLITAN WEST and continues to write her next Molly Ratermann film, PEARL, a love story between a chaotic grandmother and a loving granddaughter dreaming of escaping her conservative small town.
BEST SHORT for THE COSMOPOLITAN WEST at Twin Cities Film Festival
BEST COMEDY for LOVE CHUM at Austin Comedy Film Festival
BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER for SUICIDE at Chander International Film Festival
BEST DIRECTOR for SUICIDE at the Los Angeles Film Awards
BEST COMEDY for SUICIDE at New York State Film Festival
BEST COMEDY TV PILOT SCREENPLAY for PRIESTLY at Oaxaca Film Festival