Writer / Director

Dedi Felman is a writer / director born and raised in the wilds of New Jersey.

She loves criminally-minded underdogs, unapologetically flawed females, and whip-smart women on adventures. Her favorite stories confront human truths with a sense of humor, whether they be grounded sci-fi, mystery-thrillers, or heists.

Dedi attended the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting and was in the inaugural class of the HBO Access Writing Fellowship, where she discovered her passion for directing. She was selected as a Blackmagic Collective Directing Actors Fellow in 2022 and a Blackmagic Collective Producing Fellow in 2023.

Her latest short, Take Good Care, a sci-fi dramedy about aging, ambition, family, and love, premiered at Hollyshorts and screened at Burbank International Film Festival. It will screen at New Filmmakers LA in January.

Her first short, the award-winning Emotional State, a sci-fi crime drama, allowed her to pursue her two cinematic loves, world building and working with exciting talent, in a story that explores the freedom that can accompany expressing our anger and grief. Dog4Life, a short where the entire filmmaking team got very creative on a non-existent budget, flips the script as a despairing filmmaker discovers her resilience–with a little help from her crafty dog. Allegiance, a psychological thriller about a North Korean female kidnapper, explored the perils of blind loyalty.

Dedi’s currently in development on two features, “American Holler,” a female-driven heist film, and the feature version of “Take Good Care,” .

When she’s not pursuing her directing passions, Dedi can be found hiking Mandeville Canyon with her two beloved rescue pups.


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Emotional State

When an Elite Guard in a society ruled by the emotionless meets a grieving rebel, she’s forced to come to terms with her desire for vengeance.

When a mysterious government recruiter comes to her remote hometown, desperate Kyong-mi, 15, sees an opportunity to escape a dead-end life in 1990s North Korea. But she struggles with whom and to what exactly she’s pledging her allegiance.

A failed filmmaker decides to end it all after yet another rejection, but her dog has other plans. A story about never knowing what’s around the corner.