Director Biography – Destry Spielberg (ROSIE)

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Destry Spielberg was born on December 1st, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in the film industry, and being surrounded by filmmakers her whole life, Destry always felt the pull to gravitate towards a career in film but as a youth she focused her efforts instead on pursuing a life as an Equestrian show jumper and Olympic hopeful. In February 2016, Destry’s career came to an end after a riding accident. During her down time, she decided to tune into the little voice in her head that urged to try “the business”. She began studying acting and comedy improv. During her studies at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York she met fellow student and Writer, Echo Andersson with whom she decided to collaborate. In the fall of 2018 Rosie began to take shape and Destry made the bold decision to Direct. Now having experienced directing for herself, she can understand on a deeper level why her father does what he does and loves it. Having felt afraid to jump on the family career train, she is happy to express her excitement to grow as a young female director with hopes to inspire other young woman to make their leap of faith in whatever shape or form that may be.

Director Statement

As a first time director, with major shoes to fill and a major shadow cast upon me, it was important for me to create and play within the realm of my own reality and tell a story that resonated with me personally and potently. This film is deeply connected to me but has with it a relatable through line of human dynamics, of romantic relationships that evolve and change. It plays on themes of longing and curiosity and for me was a piece that was essential to create at this point in my life. I hope that people can watch Rosie and take away something special, perhaps a memory of a love they once shared or hope for a love that is yet to come. I’m so thrilled to share Rosie with the world and I cannot wait to continue down this path of honest story telling and movie magic.


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Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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