Congratulations to our 2020 Film and Media Studies spotlight showcase alumna Roxy Shih

Department: Film and Media Studies

Post Date: December 19, 2019

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Congratulations to our 2020 Film and Media Studies spotlight showcase alumna Roxy Shih (B.A. film and media studies '10). Shih is a Taiwanese-American producer and is best known for her 2018 indie breakout Painkillers as well as directing the Amazon sci-fi anthology series Dark/Web. Deadline recently featured Shih and you can read about her upcoming projects here.

Save the Date for Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm in McCormick Theater, 1070 Humanities Gateway for our UCI Film and Media Studies third Spotlight Showcase where we will be honoring Roxy Shih and showcasing recent student films.

Roxy was one of ten chosen for the prestigious Armed With A Camera fellowship in 2011 and received a grant to direct a short film, Play Time, that premiered at the DGA and went on a successful film festival tour internationally. She has had her work shown at an array of festivals such as The LA Film Festival, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Cannes, SXSW, Toronto Independent, and Dances with Films.

Roxy had her directorial debut, The Tribe, acquired by Empress Road Pictures in 2016. The film stars the illustrious Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day, LA LA LAND), Anne Winters (Mom & Dad, 13 Reasons Why) and Michael Nardelli (The Collection, Circle). The film has garnered a lot of media attention and has won awards at prestigious festivals such as Best Narrative Feature at Nice International Film Festival, Best Debut Feature Film at The Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, and Best Feature Director at Other Worlds Austin Film Festival.

In 2016, Roxy helmed episodes of the highly anticipated sci-fi anthology series Dark/Web, which released on Amazon Prime in 2019 with a World Premiere at San Diego Comic Con. Her second feature film PAINKILLERS (Madeline Zima, Grant Bowler, Adam Huss and Debra Wilson) was released in early 2019 with a Hulu deal. She recently wrapped production on her third and fourth feature, HEART TO HEART (Julie McNiven, Jon Abrahams and Kelly Jakle) with Ninth House Films and POOLING TO PARADISE (Lynn Chen, Jonathan Lipnicki, Dreama Walker, Jordan Carlos and Taryn Manning) with Fox Meadow Films.

On the side, Roxy enjoys playing the violin, freestyle waacking/voguing, and reading tarot. She also believes in giving back to her community and serves as the current Festival Director for the Taiwanese American Film Festival in Los Angeles.

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