Cecily Rhett earned a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Columbia University in New York in 1987 and an MA in Cinema/Television from the University of Southern California in 1994.
As a film editor, Cecily’s dramatic feature credits include HBO´s “Stranger Inside,” produced by Effie T. Brown and Michael Stipe, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for three 3 Independent Spirit awards. Rhett also edited the Lion’s Gate comedy “But I’m a Cheerleader,” which premiered at Toronto and also screened at Sundance.
Her most recent feature film credit is “The Presence,” a ghost story starring Mira Sorvino, also distributed by Lion’s Gate. Her eclectic editing resume also includes the Sundance Channel indie film “Alchemy,” A&E’s “Biography,” ABC’s “The Bachelor,” FOX’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” music videos, and a documentary on the making of the Oliver Stone film “Natural Born Killers.”
Additionally, Cecily is an alumnus of Film Independent’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs, and her script “The Low River” was one of 10 American scripts chosen to participate in IFP’s No Borders Financing Conference. Her short film “Forward,” starring Amy Ryan, which she wrote, directed and edited, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and screened at festivals worldwide including Raindance and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She is an associate member of the Writer’s Guild of America, West, and has been on the faculty at Brooks Institute since 2004.