Odessa Rae is a Canadian born, American film producer and actor, known for producing the documentary Navalny, which won the Best Documentary Feature at the 95th Academy Awards.[1][2] She has acted in multiple feature films and TV episodes, including Hard Candy, Smallville, and Movie 43. Odessa was key in the formation of Ivanhoe Pictures, which produced the box office hit, Crazy Rich Asians.[3] In 2021, Rae launched RaeFilm Studios, and is now focusing on the development and production of non-fiction content.[4]

Odessa Rae
Rae in 2020
Born (1982-05-23) May 23, 1982 (age 41)
Calgary, Canada
Other namesJennifer Holmes
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Occupation(s)Film producer, actor
Known forProducer of Navalny

Rae is working alongside producer Karim Amer on a documentary focused on the war in Ukraine, which is still in the filming process.[5]

Biography edit

Odessa's early life was spent between North America, Asia and India. She studied International Relations at University of Toronto, is fluent in Japanese and conversationally fluent in several other languages. She began her film career in Japan. Widely known through appearances in commercials with Brad Pitt, she was offered a SKY TV show in Japan called Bravo. From there she went on to co-write, produce and star in her first feature film, Jenifa. In 2018 she produced and directed a short documentary for the UNHCR called Clear Blue Skies. This project led to the production of a full-length documentary The Story Won't Die, released on Amazon Prime July 2022.[4]

Filmography edit

Executive producer edit

Year Title Director Notes
2016 Of Dust and Bones Diane Bell

Producer edit

Year Title Director Notes
2022 Navalny Daniel Roher Winner, Best Documentary at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

Winner, Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards

2022 The Story Won't Die David Henry Gerson
2023 Hollywoodgate Ibrahim Nash’at
2023 Defiant Karim Amer

Actor edit

Year Title Role Notes
2024 Chosen Family Frances Post-production
2018 Half Magic Roxy
2017 Hangman TV Reporter
2015 Always Worthy TV Reporter
2014 Asthma Bathing Wings
2013 Movie 43 Danita
2012 The Visit Diana Short
Gabe the Cupid Dog Carissa
Rizzoli & Isles Yoga Instructor TV series
2011 Man Without a Head Venula
My Dog's Christmas Miracle Crystal
2010 Rules of Engagement Gretchen TV series
Smallville Maggie McDougal/Silver Banshee TV series
Leverage Cora McRory TV series
Let the Game Begin Patient Patient TV series

References edit

  1. ^ "'Their eyes were burning': Former Calgarian producer Odessa Rae heads for Oscars Sunday for Navalny". Calgary. 2023-03-12. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  2. ^ "Calgary producer, animators and dancer among those who represented the city at the 2023 Oscars". Calgary. 2023-03-13. Retrieved 2023-03-17.
  3. ^ "The little-known film company that made 'Crazy Rich Asians' possible". Washington Post. Retrieved 2023-03-12.
  4. ^ a b "Odessa Rae". IMDb. Retrieved 2023-03-12.
  5. ^ "Opinion: Putin's nemesis has a spirit that can outlast any strongman". 2023-03-03. Retrieved 2023-03-12.