Rachel Lauren Mueller (she/her) is a documentary director, journalist and cinematographer from the Colorado mountains whose stories focus on themes of power, identity and rural life. With her background in investigative journalism, she creates films that interrogate power structures while embracing expansive imagination.
Rachel’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Yale Climate Connections and Berkeleyside and her films have been supported by the International Documentary Association, Berkeley FILM Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Council for the Arts. Most recently, her film 8 DAYS AT WARE, supported by the IF/Then Shorts Distribution fellowship, premiered at Double Exposure in 2022 and was awarded the Reva and David Logan Prize for Investigative Reporting. She has been a film fellow at UnionDocs, GroundTruth Films and the Overseas Press Club and has a master’s in documentary from the UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her first feature documentary, THE QUIET PART, about a town's clash with their white supremacist pagan neighbors, is forthcoming.
Rachel lives in Minneapolis where she attempts, in vain, to make her wisteria bloom.