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Chrissy Marshall is a Los Angeles-based writer and director renowned for their unwavering commitment to community, innovation, and equitable portrayal of diverse experiences. A distinguished alumna of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, Chrissy is an adaptive collaborator, communicator, and creatively ambitious person. Chrissy's creative vision and tenacity drive her to delve fearlessly into the depths of existential humor, abstract narratives, feminine energy, and unconventional landscapes, crafting untold tales that resonate deeply and ignite transformation.
Chrissy's award-winning short films, such as 'I.L.Y.,' 'Hardly What You Want to Hear,' and 'Rain in my Head,' have garnered acclaim for their powerful awareness campaigns that showcase disabled talent both on and off the screen. 'Hardly What You Want to Hear,' a gripping sci-fi/thriller drama written and directed by Chrissy, explores the harrowing experience of a newly engaged hard-of-hearing woman whose hearing aid gets hacked. This film has been selected for the SignLight International Film Fest, chosen as a semi-finalist at Reelabilities, recognized as a finalist at the Film Independent festival, and honored with Best Actress, Best First-Time Director, and Best Woman Short awards at Indiex. More recently, 'Rain in my Head,' a poignant short film delving into mental health and language access through the eyes of two deaf queer women, triumphed at the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, winning Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Film.
Beyond work as a filmmaker, Chrissy is a tireless advocate for disabled children, actively championing the implementation of accessibility and signed languages. She dedicates her time to initiatives such as participating in item drives, teaching sign language to children, and supporting the LA animal shelter. Chrissy's passion for fostering inclusivity stems from her personal experiences as a Disabled Queer woman, shaping her storytelling prowess and infusing her narratives with a distinct perspective.
With fluency in English and American Sign Language, Chrissy aims to create socially conscious narratives that amplify the voices of underrepresented communities while advocating for equity in the entertainment industry. Her artistic endeavors continuously garner acclaim for their creative brilliance, impassioned social activism, and unwavering commitment to enlightening audiences about the significance of accessibility and ASL. Chrissy aims to tell unique, multicultural stories that resonate with global audiences. Currently, they aspire to develop content from personally written IP, create accessible set environments, and highlight disabled stories. In the future, they will continue to contribute to creating provocative sci-fi dramas, dark comedies, and coming-of-age dramas.
"Anyone can be left out of history. I am compelled to reveal and celebrate marginalized peoples whose stories have not been told. A multi-level cinema that engages them viscerally and intellectually activates my audiences."
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