A.V. Rockwell was born and raised in Queens, New York. Hailed as a “rising indie filmmaker” by Entertainment Weekly, her work is celebrated for its brutal yet poetically humanized depictions of urban life. Her distinct voice dominates her work slyly addressing issues of race, family, identity and systematic oppression.
Shortly after she directed 'The Gospel', a music-driven short film commissioned by Alicia Keys; A.V.’s work gained traction leading to several accolades including the Guggenheim Fellowship for the Arts and a Sundance Institute Feature Film Fellowship. She was the grand-prize winner of the Tribeca Film Institute and CHANEL’s Through Her Lens grant, for her film 'Feathers' that made its Worldwide Premiere at this year’s 43rd Toronto Film Festival.
'Feathers' was recently acquired by Fox Searchlight – a largely unprecedented move for a studio, as they rarely venture into the shorts world. 'Feathers' was also selected to screen at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival.
A.V. was presented with the inaugural Diageo-Young Guns Diversity and Inclusion Award. The honor recognizes an outstanding body of work from a Young Guns 16 finalist who is a woman or person of color. Most recenty, she recieved the inaugural NOWNESS Award for Breakthrough Cultural Excellence in Film and Video Art.