Rachel Mills

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In the fall of 2016, the true crime docu-series The Killing Season premiered on the A&E Network. The Killing Season was created and executive produced by Rachel Mills and her partner Joshua Zeman and follows them both as they uncover terrifying connections between serial murder cases across the country. The series was executive produced by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and produced by Jigsaw Productions. Season two of the series is currently in development.

Rachel Mills began her career in filmmaking at the much-lauded Edit Center, in New York City. As Director of The Edit Center, she selected and shepherded such documentary and narrative films as: Winter’s Bone, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, and Garbage Dreams. In 2010, she moved into producing with A Matter of Taste, a feature documentary profiling famed chef Paul Liebrandt, which premiered at SXSW in 2011 and aired on HBO the same year. Taste won a James Beard Award and also garnered an Emmy nomination.

In 2013, Rachel partnered with award-winning filmmaker Joshua Zeman to produce and co-star in Killer Legends, a documentary investigating true crimes that have inspired our scariest urban legends. In 2014, she produced Mavis!, a documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family singing group, the Staple Singers. Mavis! was directed by Jessica Edwards, executive produced by Gary Hustwit, premiered at SXSW in 2015, and soon after was acquired by HBO.

Rachel continues to develop & produce docu-series and feature documentaries for television and the big screen.

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