Betz on the set of FREE RIDE in 2013.

SHANA BETZ is an award-winning independent director whose fearless, character-driven approach is bolstered by life experience and a passion for storytelling.

Currently attached to the Black List feature BLACK BELLE, starring Keke Palmer, Betz is best known for her 2015 film FREE RIDE, starring Anna Paquin (HBO), as well as her work in the award-winning anthology GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!

Betz is a former Film Independent Directing Fellow and the co-founding President of The Chimaera Project, a non-profit dedicated to empowering female filmmakers to fearlessly create, inspire and lead.

As an active member, producer and frequent collaborator with Tim Robbins through his Actors' Gang Theater Company, Betz began her entertainment career as an actress working in theater, television, and film.

Betz's childhood experiences growing up on welfare, as the child of a drug runner in Akron, Ohio, have led to her deep affinity for salt-of-the-earth characters and stories that celebrate humanity in its truest form, however gritty that may be.