Paula Rhodes: Actor, Director, Producer & Founding Member of The 5'2" & Under Club

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Bio:

Paula Rhodes followed her desire to join the ranks of storytellers on a path out of the Midwest and quickly began trying on all the hats. Her adventures have spanned producing multiple series, directing a short that garnered her the rights to a global comic book, 85+ other credits ranging from #ResidentEvilVillage to #Bunkd, and now her feature directorial debut shot over her first pregnancy which will premiere Aug 28th at 7:30 pm at the famous @chinesetheatres as an official selection of @danceswithfilms.

Most common activity:

Learning. 

Favorite show/movies: 

Doctor Who, Amelie, The Princess Bride, The Neverendng Story

Fav Ig Accounts:  

@best.friend.central

@nasa

@sharonbialy 

@bullockandsnowcasting 

@chimaerafilms

Fav meal/drink:

Team Pineapple Pizza

Most questionable thing you’ve seen or heard recently:

Americans who refuse vaccines but buy horse pills that kill worms in an attempt to fight covid, all because a "news" personality told them to. SIGH.

First thing you did when isolation was over...   

It shouldn't be over according to the health pros I know, but once I got vaccinated the first thing I did was plan a small cast reunion party for Resident Evil Village that Capcom soft-sponsored and we live-streamed. It was so much fun! You can catch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXR36zgYYDo

What led you to write/direct/star in your first feature film:

Initially, it was a way to keep my creative sanity as my belly grew and auditions dwindled, but I've always been a civically engaged person, and on that level, it was frightening to see how many, in the media and on social media, were tossing around the term "Civil War" without realizing all that reality would entail. We all hold some responsibility for the nation's dialog and I made this cautionary tale to humanize what that would actually look like, to hopefully change some hearts and minds before it's too late. When I started I had no idea how close to becoming a documentary my film would veer. 

What advice would you give other storytellers:

That's the other side of my film's coin; to hopefully serve to empower. If I can make a film while pregnant, with leads as 2-man crew and an outline rather than a script, then you GOT this. Tell your tales.