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C.M. Landrus is a writer and director whose feature screenplay, MARTHA, based on the true story of a female serial killer in the 1920s, became a finalist in the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. In 2017 her original one-hour drama, OLYMPUS RISING, was also a finalist in the 2017 Sundance Episodic Lab. In 2016 OLYMPUS RISING garnered top recognition and prizes from over a dozen film festivals and screenwriting competitions.
In September 2017, C.M.’s short film, THE DEAD PARTY, won Best Micro Short at the Austin Revolution Film Festival. This short was also an Official Selection of the 2016 Collaboration Filmmaker Challenge. Additionally in 2016, her experimental horror short, HARPER & KAI IN FIVE PARALLELS, screened at several international and horror festivals and won First Place Experimental Film at the Women’s International Film Festival.
In recent years, C.M. has refocused her efforts to encompass advocating for parity in the workplace for women directors. As a member of the Board of Directors of AWD, she has helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars to advance parity while providing top quality craft enrichment opportunities for nearly 300 women-identifying directors and collaborating with top tier talent and executives. In 2018 she will be launching a podcast with her long-time creative partner, Mat Smith. C.M. is also a legally ordained minister.
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