Carlen May-Mann

Filmmaker | Writer | Artist



CARLEN MAY-MANN is a writer, director, and artist dedicated to personal and emotive storytelling. Her short film The Rat was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2019 Method Fest before premiering online through ALTER, Gunpowder & Sky’s online horror platform, in October 2019. Carlen was also awarded Best Director in the Home Invasion shorts block at the 2019 Brooklyn Horror Film Fest.

In addition, her feature length screenplay Strawberry Summer (which she will go on to direct) was a participant in the 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive and is being supported by Cinereach. Strawberry Summer has also been recognized by Tribeca/AT&T Untold Stories (2018 top 15 finalist), the Black List/Women in Film Feature Lab (2017 semifinalist), and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition (2017 semifinalist). Recently, the script for her new short From Your Eyes To Mine was selected as a top 15 finalist for THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Channel Women’s Filmmaker Program.

Carlen’s work as a director also includes several music videos. Of these, “Home” by The Meltaways debuted on Impose Magazine and “Bite My Tongue” by Eli Sundae debuted on AdHoc. Carlen produces her filmmaking through New York-based film and media collective NITE SHIFT, an organization she co-founded.

In addition, Carlen’s credits in the art department include A24’s Menashe (dir. Joshua Weinstein, 2017 Sundance NEXT; 2017 Berlinale), Washington Square Films’ 11:55 (dir. Ari Issler and Ben Snyder, 2016), NO PAY, NUDITY (dir. Lee Wilkof, 2016), and The Nearest Human Being (dir. Marco Coppola, 2019).

Carlen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with a degree in Film Studies and Psychology. At the end of her senior year, she was awarded the NNK Award for Best Undergraduate Screenplay and the Leavell Memorial Prize for Outstanding Work in Film Studies.