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Film Producer

Sarah Winshall is an independent creative producer championing personal films with unique worldviews. In 2016 she co-founded Smudge Films with her partner, Bridey Elliott. The company’s first feature, Clara’s Ghost (dir. Bridey Elliott), was called “a work of great daring” by Vanity Fair, and heralded as "a tender portrait of a neglected woman seeking solace in her vivid, perhaps deranged, imagination” by The Hollywood Reporter. It made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was an official selection at the 2018 BAM Cinemafest, and will be released by Orion Classics in the winter of 2018. Winshall’s first documentary feature, ¡Las Sandinistas!, about the women who led Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution, made its World Premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. It will be released theatrically in the fall of 2018 beginning with a two-week run at the Film Forum in New York City.

Previous work includes short films AFFECTIONS (dir. Bridey Elliott, Sundance 2016), WHISKEY FIST (dir. Gillian Wallace Horvat, SXSW 2017), CALL YOUR FATHER (dir. Jordan Firstman, LAFF/Outfest 2017), and “The best short of 2017” (Splitsider) MEN DON'T WHISPER, (dir. Jordan Firstman, Sundance/SXSW 2018). She received a BA in cinema studies from New York University and a master's degree in media studies from The New School. Sarah is also a film critic whose writing can be found in Under the Radar, Filmmaker and Screen Slate.


The Follower: dir. Stephanie Szerlip
2019 Maryland Film Festival

Clara’s Ghost: dir. Bridey Elliott
2018 Sundance, BAM CinemaFest
Released by Orion Pictures with screenings at MoMA (NYC) and Arena Cinema (LA)

¡Las Sandinistas!: dir. Jenny Murray, 2018
2018 SXSW LUNA(R) CHICKEN & EGG AWARD - DOCUMENTARY - Special Jury Recognition
Released by Kino Lorber with screenings at Film Forum (NYC) and Laemmle Monica Film Center (LA)
2019 broadcast on PBS World Channel

Ching Chong Blues: dir. Joshua Adam Fu
2017 - “Rickshaw to Hollywood” Vimeo Staff Pick

Men Don’t Whisper: dir. Jordan Firstman
for JASH
2017 Sundance, SXSW, Vimeo Staff Pick

Call Your Father: dir. Jordan Firstman
2017 LAFF, Outfest, IFF BOSTON SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – Best Short Film

Whiskey Fist: dir. Gillian Wallace Horvat
2017 SXSW

Dirty Projectors “Little Bubble”: dirs. David Longstreth & Adam Newport-Berra
2016 for Ways & Means

Tond: dirs. Josh Ruben & Vince Peone
2015 for JASH

Affections: dir. Bridey Elliott
2014 Sundance, IFF BOSTON SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – Best Narrative Short
Theatrical release, Sundance Shorts Tour


The Players Tribune “Stand Up” campaign
2017 for Helo

AdCouncil “No One Gets a Diploma Alone” campaign
2017 for Helo

David: dir. Dean Fleischer Camp,
2016 for Memory

Dirty Projectors “Up in Hudson”: dir. David Longstreth
2016 for Ways & Means

Troll: dir. Anu Valia
2016 Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Vimeo Staff Pick