Rachel Garber Cole is a filmmaker and performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY, whose experimental videos are rooted in language and the performative body. Always working to externalize the intimate interior experiences of shame and anxiety, her films try to articulate these feelings in an attempt to make legible for others their own 'intimate interiors.' Within this context, Rachel's films are explicitly feminist in perspective, and explore issues of gender, bodies, climate change, consumerism and language.
Rachel graduated from Macalester College (Saint Paul, MN) with a BA in Theatre Arts, however since then has focused primarily in digital performance, video and sculpture. Cole’s short films include THE BIG CHEAT, (2014, Mill Valley Film Festival; Sedona Film Festival) which was produced with Newton North High School in Newton Massachusetts as part of its Artist in Residence program, where she organized an apprentice program connecting over 100 high school students with film professionals to produce the film; PREGNANT AND DYING, (2012, Portobello Film Festival, London; nobudge.com), which was named a “true indie film” by film critic Tim Wu of the New Yorker; MONSTERS AND ANIMALS (2014, Queens World Film Festival, NY; Nonplussed Fest, LA; Trenton Film Festival; Festival L’Inconnu, Paris) and BLUEBEARD (2017, Queens World Film Festival, Bushwick Film Festival, NYC; Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA; Grrl Haus Cinema, Berlin). Her experimental performance videos, including NEWS (2014) and SQUIRRELS ARE GETTING FAT (2016) have screened locally in New York City. Her current project is a video-based installation series exploring the psychological effects of climate change and the Earth's geological history of past mass extinctions. Rachel performs live as her alter ego Rachel Cole, Singer/Songwriter, and occasionally produces an all female comedy/variety show, Rachel Cole, Singer/Songwriter Presents: A Variety Show For the Hungry Heart. In addition to this, she hosts a monthly Bring Your Own Film film/video open mic in Brooklyn. She is a recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Community Arts Fund, the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) Grant, and has been granted residencies at Prairie Center of the Arts, The Studios of Key West, Crosshatch’s Hill House, The Ucross Foundation, and most recently is a fellow at the NARS International Residency Program.