Allen joins the indie film distributor after a five-year tenure as Director of Publicity at Cinetic Media
Bleecker Street announced today that they have hired Rachel Allen as the SVP, Publicity. Allen starts at the studio today after more than a decade in the PR industry and over five years at Cinetic Media, where she served as a Director of Publicity and led campaigns from festival launch to theatrical release and through awards season. She will oversee U.S. theatrical publicity campaigns for Bleecker Street’s highly-anticipated titles including Meg Ryan’s “What Happens Later,” starring Ryan alongside David Duchovny which will be released on October 13th, “The Origin,” a Stone Age-set thriller making its North American premiere at Fantastic Fest, and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s space station-set thriller “I.S.S.,” which recently debuted at the 2023 Tribeca Festival to acclaim.
During Allen’s tenure at Cinetic Media, she worked for clients including NEON, HBO, MUBI, Amazon and IFC Films on a number of award-winning film and television campaigns such as Sara Dosa’s Fire of Love; David Fincher’s “Mank,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” and Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You.” Additional campaigns of note include Luca Guadagnino’s “Bones and All,” David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” Julia Ducournau’s “Titane,” Barry Jenkins’ “The Underground Railroad,” Spike Lee’s “American Utopia,” Ira Sachs’ “Passages,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Agnès Varda’s “Varda by Agnès,” Nanfu Wang’s “One Child Nation,” and Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind.” Allen’s experience on the awards side includes strategic consulting with clients including Apple TV+ and Netflix.
Prior to Cinetic, Allen worked as a Publicist for Film at Lincoln Center, where she handled PR for the organization’s year-round programming and festivals such as New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films Festival. Additional previous roles are Repertory Publicist at Film Forum and Strategy PR, where she worked on campaigns including Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis.” She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University.
Additional Bleecker Street titles include Guy Nattiv’s “Golda” starring Helen Mirren, which premiered at Berlinale in February and is being released theatrically this week; Marc Turtletaub’s sci-fi comedy, “Jules” starring Sir Ben Kingsley, which hit theaters August 11; Catherine Hardwicke-directed “Mafia Mamma” starring Toni Collette and Monica Bellucci; Laurel Parmet’s feature directorial debut and Sundance Film Festival breakout “The Starling Girl” and Alice Troughton’s “The Lesson” with Daryl McCormack, Richard E. Grant, and Julie Delpy.
About Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street is an independently financed studio based in New York City that was founded in August 2014 by Andrew Karpen. Bleecker has released more than 60 films and has established itself as a trusted label and champion of original cinema, curating an impressive and lauded slate that extends across all genres. Notable Bleecker releases include Marc Turtletaub’s “Jules” starring Ben Kingsley and Guy Nattiv’s “Golda” starring Helen Mirren, both currently in theaters; Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky;” Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace,” the Oscar-nominated “Captain Fantastic” and “Trumbo,” Independent Spirit Award winner “Mass,” Germany’s 2021 entry for Best International Film, “I’m Your Man.” Most recently, Bleecker Street has released, “Breaking,” “A Love Song,” “Emily,” “The Starling Girl,” and “The Lesson, “acclaimed feature debuts from directors Abi Damaris Corbin, Max Walker-Silverman, Frances O’Connor, Laurel Parmet and Alice Troughton, respectively.
Bleecker’s upcoming slate includes: Meg Ryan’s “What Happens Later” in which she also stars alongside David Duchovny releasing this October, Andrew Cumming’s stone age-set thriller, “The Origin,” and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s sci-fi thriller, “I.S.S.” starring Ariana DeBose. The company is also prepping the feel-good comedy “The Fabulous Four” from acclaimed filmmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse, starring Bette Midler and Susan Sarandon. “The Return,” based on Homer’s ancient classic “The Odyssey” and directed by Academy Award nominee Uberto Pasolini and starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, as well as the next film from legendary auteur Mike Leigh are in post-production.