Writer/Director Valerie Bischoff hails from Reno, Nevada, a rugged part of the country that continues to inspire her work. She recently graduated with Honors from Columbia University’s Graduate Film School where her short film, Derby Kings (2012) received the prestigious Princess Grace Graduate Film Scholarship and was selected for the 2013 Palm Springs Short Film Festival among many others. She was also presented with the Lewis Cole Award for Excellence for her work as a filmmaker and teacher. Her previous short film, Veterans (2010) was selected for Faculty Selects and won the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director, Las Vegas Film Festival Jury Award and best short at the Nevada Film Festival. After receiving her B.A. in Film from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Valerie was selected for the Fulbright Grant for Filmmaking in Estonia (2006) where she created a feature documentary on disappearing Soviet history. Valerie is currently in development on her first feature film Massacre Creek with Sixgun Pictures.