Writer / Director
Vice-President of Risberg Schilling Productions, LLC
She received her bachelor’s degree in English/Writing, summa cum laude, studied stage directing at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and later went to film school at the New York Film Academy.
She started out, working as a performance artist, doing self-written and directed shows with a troupe, which included dance, vocals, instrumentation, acting, and pantomime.
Because of her interest in other cultures and philosophies, she has lived in Hawaii and has travelled all over Western Europe as well as to Eastern Europe, Russia, North & Central America, and Africa. During this time she lived structured as well as alternative lifestyles.
She uses these experiences in her work, revealing diverse and contrasting perspectives through the eyes of her characters while emphasizing the importance of building bridges and understanding, most of all within the family unit.
In the past few years, she has written 6 feature-length screenplays and has directed 3 short films, a documentary and a feature film. Her films “Business As Usual”, “Breaking with Tradition”, and “A Black Lie” have screened in festivals all over the globe, receiving best documentary and best director nominations. She won the award for “Best Feature Writer” for her feature film “A Reason” at the LA Femme Film Festival in 2014 and the Jury Award “Phenomenal Woman in Film” at OUFF. She also directs international commercials and music videos.
She recently directed the award-winning feature film drama “A REASON”, starring Golden Globe Nominee Marion Ross, Roxanne Hart, Magda Apanowicz and Nick Eversman, which had a theatrical release in Aug 2015 and is now out On Demand & DVD.
Her next feature film “Little Girl, Big Eyes” is currently in development under Risberg Schilling Productions, with Caroline Risberg as producer, which she is set to direct in 2016. Dominique Schilling lives in Los Angeles, California.