Rachel Lauren Mueller is a Minneapolis-based, queer documentary director and cinematographer from a tiny town in the Colorado mountains. She crafts images and sound into breathing things and her magical world-view best articulates itself in the stories she tells of the underbelly: small religious groups, the incarcerated, queer culture, mischief-makers and revolutionaries. With her background in investigative journalism, she aims to create films that interrogate power structures, while embracing expansive imagination. The intersection of these two philosophies is a part of reimagining her storytelling practice.

Rachel's films have been supported by the International Documentary Association, IF/Then Shorts, the Berkeley FILM Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board. Most recently she was the Director of Photography for a segment on the Chinese docuseries, “Once Upon a Bite.” She has been a fellow at FilmNorth’s Inclusive & Socially-Conscious Filmmaking lab, the Investigative Reporting Program, GroundTruth Films, the Overseas Press Club and Foreign Language Area Studies. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism with a focus in documentary filmmaking. She has lived and worked on the African continent for over a decade and speaks French and Swahili.

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