Sarah Phillips is a director and cinematographer in Los Angeles. Her short film, “Lilac Ocean Pumpkin Pine,” won a Founder’s Circle Award and a Top Five Award at the Louisiana Film Prize in 2018, and will screen at Oxford Film Festival in 2019. Her short film, "Smile: A Musical," played in 2017 at Dances With Films and HollyShorts Film Festival, both Academy-Qualifying fests, as well as placing as a finalist at Moondance Int’l. Her screenplay of the same won Best Short Drama Screenplay at Nashville Film Festival in 2016. Her sci-fi short film "Separation of Church and Livia" won second place in the highly competitive AT&T Shape Create-A- Thon in July 2017 and won a Remi Award at Houston World Fest 2018. She is directing and DPing a short scifi film, “Supplements” in Louisiana in March 2018.
She DPed a feature indie drama film in 2018 called “IRL” about modern love and art, a period proof of concept for a feature called “Land of Light,” and a short Stephen King thriller in the Southern California desert “Beachworld”. In addition she DPed a few documentaries that are works in progress, including one on sexual assault in the military by “Three Hikers” Natalie Avital, a mini-doc for Facebook on the female motorcycle crew “Babes Ride Out,” and an on-going doc on female skateboarders from “Design Canada”’s Jessica Edwards. She’s also recently lensed a few branded content videos and digital commercials, a web series, live content for LA Pride and The Trevor Awards, lifestyle content for PopSugar and Alecia.com , as well as droning for Infiniti, the TV show Pool Kings, many music videos, features, shorts and web series. She’s also been in camera department on international commercials for Fitbit, NBA 2K, Sunmaid, and Greyhound.
Originally from the countryside of Missouri, Sarah has always been drawn to stories from the middle of the country – stories that have the power to change their audience in the subtlest of ways. In addition, she is obsessed with musicals, which led to her New York Screenplay Competition 2017 finalist pilot script, “Franklin Town Players”, about a woman who returns to her small Midwestern town to run the local community musical theatre program.
Sarah is passionate about musicals, women in film, and emerging technology; She holds a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Missouri and an MFA in TV & Screenwriting from Stephens College.
Proud member of: Alliance of Women Directors, Women in Film LA, Film Independent, and The Dramatist's Guild of America.