Gretchen is the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant for her screenplay Face Value, on actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr, which Amy Redford (The Guitar) will be directing as her next feature film. As a producer, she recently set up the family film Monkey Trial with Ted Field’s Radar Pictures, and, as a producer, will begin production on the sci-fi thriller Push (Infinity Features/Icon Prods.), starring Channing Tatum, with director Paul McGuigan, in Hong Kong in August 2007. Somerfeld has written, directed, and produced her own “guerrilla” feature film and three shorts, all of which have received international distribution. She graduated from NYU film school and was the winner of the Independent Filmmakers Grant from the NEA and the honored recipient of the Disney/DGA Directors Fellowship. She has worked in film and television as a script supervisor, production manager and still photographer, and has directed theater in New York and Los Angeles.
Gretchen Somerfeld won the Script Development award at The Tribeca Film Festival in 2004 and the Sloan Filmmaker Fund at the Tribeca Film Institute in 2008 for Face Value