A montage of clips from films directed by Cynthia Uhrich
Cynthia Uhrich has a broad-reaching scope of experience and knowledge in the film and acting business ranging from acting to teaching, screenwriting, producing, casting, and directing. She lived and worked in Los Angeles for eight years, where she augmented her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater with professional acting training and worked as a production assistant on commercials.
In 2002 she moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she taught acting classes, and performed on stage and in films. In 2012 she created IN THE MOMENT FILMS, a non-profit fiscally sponsored by Springboard for the Arts. The mission of ITM Films is to employ women in front of, and behind the camera--with an eye toward telling original stories featuring women--on topics of social significance. She has produced and directed several short films, which have been screened all over the country and won awards. She has also written, produced, and directed infomercials and promotional pieces for small businesses.
Her screenwriting has received awards and accolades, and in 2020 a memoir she co-authored about Brown Mark (from Prince’s band The Revolution) was published by the University of Minnesota Press.
She was a member of both SAG and AFTRA for 24 years and served on the Board of Minnesota Women in Film and Television from 2019 to 2020.
Cynthia relocated in April of 2023 to Tucson, Arizona. She has just written her
first Pilot Screenplay for a potential limited series; an adaptation of Susan Thurston's award-winning dark beauty of a novel titled "Sister of Grendel." She and Thurston will be submitting that project to festivals.
Filmography (Shorts) Screenings & Awards:
"MISPLACED TRUST" (Drama) Director, Producer, Screenwriter * Z-Fest winner "Bent Brewstillery Award" * Oniros Film Awards: "Best Thriller" & "Best Ensemble" * Mindfield - Albuquerque "Finalist" * IndieFest Film Awards - Award of Merit: Female Fimmaker & Short Film * Indie Short Fest - Finalist * Hollywood Blood Horror - Winner: "Best Thriller" & "Best Ensemble" * Cyrus Monthly Film Festival - Toronto - "Semi-Finalist" * Hollywood International Golden Age - Finalist * Phoenix Monthly - "Semi-Finalist" * WRPN Women's International Film Festival - "Award of Excellence" * Hollywood Just4Shorts Film & Screenplay Competition - WINNER "Best Horror Short" * Cinema World Fest Awards - Selected - "Best Lighting" "Award of Merit - Cinematography" * Hollywood International Golden Age Festival - "Finalist" *Golden State Film Festival - Selected * The International Horror Hotel Film Festival - "4th Place - Short Film" * Hang on to Your Shorts - Nominee "Best Thriller" * Over Forty Film Festival - Selected (July - virtual F.F.) * Raleigh Film & Art Festival
"OH MY STARS" (Drama) Director, Producer * Sedona International Film Festival - Official Selection * Twin Cities Film Fest - "Audience Choice Award" * Central States Indie Film Fan Festival - "Best Featurette" * Highway 61 Film Festival - "1st Place" * Culver City Film Festival - Official Selection * Julian Dubuque International Film Festival (Postponed to screen in 2021) - Official Selection *Sanford Independent Film Festival - Official Selection * Dumbo Film Festival - Finalist * Global Independent Film Awards: - Gold - "Best Female Screenwriter" - Lorna Landvik - Gold "Diversity & Inclusion" - Silver "Best Leading Actress" - Anna Stranz - Silver "Best Female Director" - Cynthia Uhrich * Las Vegas International Screenwriting & Film Festival - Finalist * Best Shorts Competition - "Best Actress" - Anna Stranz *Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift - Official Selection * Queens World Film Festival - Official Selection * Los Angeles Film Awards - Semi-Finalist * Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival - "Winner, Best Cinematography" - Catalyst Content Festival
“EVERYONE GOES IN THE LAKE” (Dramedy) Director, Producer * Twin Cities Film Festival * Los Angeles International Indie Short Fests (Official Selection) * Adventure Minnesota Film Festival * Film North selection - Cinema Lounge screening “ROBERT IN THE BEDROOM” - (Drama) Director, Screenwriter, Producer * Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, * St. Paul Frozen Film Festival * Minnesota Women in Film & Television * Film North Cinema Lounge. “CODE GREEN” - (Docu-Drama) Director, Screenwriter, Producer * Docs Without Borders Film Festival * Great Lakes Shorts Festival * Kids'nFilm International Festival * Highway 61 Film Festival “M4W” - (Romantic Comedy) Director, Screenwriter, Producer * Film North (formerly IFP) Cinema Lounge screening
Sedona Film Festival Interview about the production of "Oh My Stars."