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Rhys Ernst is a filmmaker and artist. His work investigates transgender identity in the context of larger narratives, and seeks to develop and expand the portrayal of trans lives in media. He is a Producer on Amazon’s Transparent, directed the season finale of Season 4, and created the title sequence for the series.

Ernst was nominated for a 2015 Emmy Award for directing and producing the webseries Transparent: This Is Me, which won a Special Recognition GLAAD Award. In 2016 he teamed up with Focus Features to create the online series We’ve Been Around, a collection of short films on transgender pioneers, winning an Audience Award at Outfest and Ernst’s second GLAAD Media Award.

In addition to the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Ernst has shown work at Sundance, Oberhausen, and The Hammer Museum; he has won awards at Outfest, Chicago International Film Festival and the LA Transgender Film Festival; he was a Point Scholar, a Project Involve Fellow, and was awarded with the 2015 Point Foundation Horizon Award for his work on transgender representation in the media. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently developing a feature film, a middle-aged trans guy buddy movie.


Rhys Ernst headshot- by Rozette Rago