Carlen May-Mann

Filmmaker | Writer | Artist

Carlen May-Mann is a bright star whose next project is going to hit the earth like a meteor, wherever and whenever it strikes.
With The Rat, May-Mann does an excellent job of highlighting the red flags we all should look for in potentially abusive relationships. Like a rat that burrows through the hidden corners and foundation of a house, abusers burrow into the psyche of their victims, destroying their confidence, creating fractures in their emotional and mental stability.

The Solzy Awards for 2019…So Far
Solzy at the Movies

Final Frames: The Fourth Annual Final Frame Horror Short Film Competition
Room 207 Press

“…my personal favorite. It used lovely, simple imagery and the tropes of haunting and visual transformation to tell a tale of teenage disillusionment.”

“The Rat told its story with a lovely eloquence”

Conversation | On the Value of Thinking on Your Feet
The Creative Independent

Sundance Institute Unveils 2019 Screenwriters Intensive Fellows

Sundance 2019: The Shorts Program
Solzy at the Movies

“…there’s something that’s different about May-Mann’s second short film.  Even though the film runs some 12 minutes, she is able to bring something new to the genre.”

Sundance ’19 Interview: Carlen May-Mann on Exposing the Trap with “The Rat”
Moveable Fest

“May-Mann has fun toying with the expectations of an audience in terms of genre in “The Rat,” turning the notion of a haunted house into what women live with every day in their interactions with potentially predatory men, but she shows a laser-like focus in articulating the way in which Renee and Jim have very different expectations of the evening…”

Conversations | Carlen May-Mann’s “The Rat” Goes to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival
NYFA Current

Sundance Film Festival 2019 | Carlen May-Mann
The New Current

These Sundance-Bound Filmmakers Pack Big Ideas into Short Films

Sundance 2019 Short Film Preview: 10 Must-See Gems, From Vampires to Emily Mortimer  

“Too many short filmmakers stumble while trying to find a satisfying conclusion for their brief films, but writer-director Carlen May-Mann’s decision how to end her 12-minute film is masterful. In fact, May-Mann makes top-notch directorial choices throughout “The Rat” as she tells the story of a young couple’s experience in a haunted house and the aftermath.”

Sundance 2019: Carlen May-Mann talks The Rat
Solzy at the Movies

A Face in the Crowd: Carlen May-Mann Slyly Finds a New Way Into the Horror Genre with “The Rat”
Moveable Fest

Eli Sundae Premieres Glitter-Fueled Video for “Bite My Tongue”

“…an absurdist and colorful trip.”

Debut: The Meltaways, “Home”
Impose Magazine