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Kelsey Rauber

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Kelsey Rauber is a New York-based screenwriter/producer. She won first place in the New York City Screenwriting Festival, Comedy division, of 2012 for her feature screenplay "About a Donkey" as well as making semi finals in the 2013 LA Shorts Comedy Screenplay Competition for the same script.

Kelsey and her partner Christina Raia created the hit web series "Kelsey". It became a critical and viral success leading to a successful crowd funding campaign, where they raised 120% of their original goal. 

 

As of 2015 Kelsey is co-owner of CongestedCat Productions, which was created by Christina Raia and Chris Carroll. 

Under the CongestedCat umbrella they went on to produce the two award-winning shorts "We Had Plans" and "Not Our Livingroom".

In 2015 Kelsey and Christina collaborated on their latest project "Two Gays and a Girl" which is currently in festival rounds.

Kelsey and Christina are also currently in post-production for the feature "About a Donkey" which they plan on producing together.  

 

 

screen

 

About a Donkey
About a Donkey
 is about growing up & growing old, and finding love & laughter along the way. The film follows the Owens family: Ann & Tim, their 3 adult children, Cecilia, Burgh, and Annie (and her husband Paul), and matriarch Farrah. When Tim brings home a donkey in a mixture of wanting to rescue both it and himself, things are shaken up in each of the characters' lives.

Two Gays & a Girl (pilot) (post-production)
When life gives you roommates, make friends. From the creators that brought you 'Kelsey, the webseries,' comes a comedy about Timothy, Amy & Denise.

Not Our Living Room (Short) (2015)
Jake, more responsible & cautious older brother to Chris, carefree go-getter, are getting ready for their moms' anniversary dinner. But things take an ominous turn when they try to leave the livingroom.

We Had Plans (Short) (2015) 
Diana, casually dating women and kind of lonely, and Liz, currently in a longterm relationship with boyfriend Dylan, are two adult sisters who love and respect each other more than anyone else in the world. But their future plans are tested upon receiving news. 

Kelsey (Web Series) (writer - 9 episodes, 2013) (written by - 1 episode, 2014) 
A freshly dumped lesbian tries to navigate through life, love and awkardness with the help of her best friends.

**Making Things Work (2014) ... (creator) / (written by)
**Drive Through (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Bluffing (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Hanging Out Without You (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Uhaul-er (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**A Best Friend's Birthday (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Shopping in Groups (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**WWWdating? (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Don't Hit Send (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Palette Cleanser (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)

PUBLISHED WORK

“Hollywood’s Leading Ladies: To Be a Mom or Not to Be; What Role Will You Choose?” BitchFlicks, Summer 2014

“Cloud Cryptography,” International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Fall/ Winter 2013

 

ACCOLADES

Panelist, "In With the New Out," OutFest, 2015

Panelist, “Web Series are the New Black,” CinemaQ, 2014 

Panelist, “The Modern Screenwriter’s Approach to Marketability and Source Material,” New Haven International Film Festival, 2014

Honors

2016

Queens World Film Festival (We Had Plans)

Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Kelsey) (Invitational)

2015

FirstGlance Film Festival (Not Our Living Room)

HollyShorts Screening Series (We Had Plans)

Outfest (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition) 

NYC PictureStart Film Festival (We Had Plans)

Portland Queer Film Festival (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition) 

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival (Kelsey) (Invitational)

Directed by Women (We Had Plans) (Invitational)

NewFilmmakers NY (We Had Plans) (Invitational)

GAZE Film Festival Dublin (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition)

2014

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition)

Cinema Q Film Festival (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition) 

2013

LA Shorts Comedy Screenplay Competition (About a Donkey) (Semi Finalist)

2012

New York City Screenwriting Festival (About a Donkey) (1st place in Comedy)