Quinn Shephard is a writer, director and actress based out of NY. She is the youngest female filmmaker to ever premiere a feature at Tribeca with her debut project BLAME, for which she was nominated for a 2019 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. She is also a 2019 FORBES 30 Under 30 list maker. Her work centers specifically around exploring complex young women and the intricacies and combustibility of female friendships and relationships.
BLAME was selected as a finalist for the Sundance 2014 Screenwriters Lab, and Quinn directed the feature at just 20 years old in July 2015. It premiered as part of the US Narrative Competition at Tribeca 2017 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Flavorwire reviewer Jason Bailey called the film "brutally intelligent and dazzlingly visceral", Kristy Puchko of The Nerdist referred to it as "moody, raw, enthralling, and haunting", and Ally Johnson from The Playlist called Quinn (and BLAME) the "true breakout of the year". Blame stars Chris Messina, Tate Donovan, Trieste Kelly Dunn, and Nadia Alexander, who took home Tribeca's Jury Award for Best Actress for her work in the film. BLAME's full theatrical release followed in January 2018, by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Now 23, Shephard is currently developing a new one-hour TV series entitled THE BODY at FX Networks. Noah Hawley (“Fargo, “Legion”) will executive produce with John Cameron and their 26 Keys Productions, alongside Shephard and Lisa Harrison. THE BODY is described as a "a small-town thriller that unravels dark secrets held by a group of female students at the local Catholic high school" (The Hollywood Reporter).
At new studio MakeReady, Shephard is also set to pen and direct an untitled upcoming feature, as well as develop THE PERFECT WOMAN, an original miniseries.
As an actor, Shephard's career has spanned almost two decades, with numerous roles in films and television. She is best known for her role as Morgan Sanders on the CBS TV series HOSTAGES (opposite Toni Collette), and recent feature film credits include Open Road’s MIDNIGHT SUN, and THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (opposite Chloe Grace Moretz, dir. Desiree Ahkavan), which took home the U.S. Grand Jury prize at Sundance 2018. She also appears in the upcoming film THE MAN IN THE WOODS (dir. Noah Buschel).
Shephard was born and raised in the New York area.