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Valerie Brandy

Director.   Screenwriter.   Author.   Actress.



Valerie Brandy is director, screenwriter, and actress based in Los Angeles. Her award-winning feature film, Lola’s Last Letter—which she wrote, directed, and starred in— was distributed by Sony’s indie label after a successful festival run. The film was shot in the mobile home park Brandy lived in as a teenager, and has since become a beloved installment in the mumblecore movement. As a screenwriter, her career began when she sold a spec script at age 20, becoming one of the WGA’s youngest members. She recently served as a staff writer for Walt Disney Studios live action feature division, developing multiple projects for their Disney + platform. She’s written comedies and dramas for many studios and networks, and her writing has been honored by the Nichol Fellowships in Screenwriting. As an actress, she appeared as “Trixie” in multiple episodes of FX’s Emmy-Winning drama Justified in scenes across from Mykelti Williamson (Forest Gump). For her work in the independent film space, Brandy was nominated for a Best Principal Actress award from LA Film Review. In reviewing Brandy’s work as a filmmaker, the Huffington Post stated, “… the key word when describing Brandy in unflinching.” 

In 2022, LA Live Film Festival named Brandy a “director to watch,” awarding her the laurel for Best Director’s Demo. As of 2023, her short film Sales Tactics— which she wrote, directed, and produced— has been accepted into Lift-Off Global Film Festival and Spark Micro-Short Film Festival. Brandy’s ambient content series Travel California— which she directed and produced— will soon appear on SlingTV’s new ambient channels. The series features drone footage of landscapes, slow motion video of animals, and 4K footage of athletes in California’s most beautiful natural environments.

Brandy is a member of the WGA west, where she serves as a Feature Captain, as well as SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Women Directors. A subject matter expert in film & media, Brandy holds multiple visiting Professorships and academic appointments in the film departments of universities like Loyola Marymount, Syracuse, and UCLA extension. She received her B.A. from UCLA as a prestigious Alumni Scholarship recipient, and is an M.F.A. candidate in Film & Television Production at Asbury University. 

As an author, her feminist thriller trilogy “Animals We Are” has sold over 10,000 copies worldwide, and was chosen as an IndiesToday five star read. 

In The Press
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Now available in Paperback and eBook!

"... the key word when describing Brandy is unflinching."


The Huffington Post

eBooks & paperback
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When Zoe and Mike head to the wilderness, they're stalked by a killer with connection to Mike's past. Sharpen your fangs... not all animals live in the forest.


Book Two in the "Animals We Are" series, available for pre-order now! Scheduled for release March 2021.

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The first book in the "Animals We Are" series is coming to audio, May 2020!

Narrated by Susan Marlow.

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