Sarah J. Cornelius
Sarah is a Producer, and the Creative Executive at Whitewater Films, helmed by Oscar and Emmy-Nominated Director and Producer Rick Rosenthal. While at Whitewater, she has comprehensively contributed to development, pre-production, on set and off set administration, post-production, distribution, and festival relations. She is currently lead producer on two features in development.
Sarah has functioned as Executive Assistant on seven feature films and one pilot. The comedy film Band of Robbers was directed by the Nee Brothers who have gone on to helm the upcoming Masters of the Universe. Kerem Sanga’s First Girl I Loved was the Sundance 2016 Winner, Best of NEXT. Standing Up, Falling Down the Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz starrer, premiered at Tribeca 2019. And the pilot Halfway There with a cast including Matthew Lillard, Sarah Shahi, Esai Morales and Blythe Danner won Sundance’s inaugural Episodic Showcase in 2018. Whitewater released two features in 2021 including The Boy Behind the Door on AMC-owned horror streamer Shudder, and Small Engine Repair starring Jon Bernthal and Shea Whigham via Universal and Vertical Entertainment.
Sarah is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She made her screen debut in the acclaimed short film Leave You in Me. Her vulnerably raw work in the film garnered her Best Actress Award wins at the NYC PictureStart Film Festival and LA’s Show Off Your Short Film Festival. Shortly after the film’s completion, Sarah moved from New York to Los Angeles. She guest starred on Monk, Ghost Whisperer and Mental. She also took on roles in several other TV and Film projects. Sarah is an accomplished, classically trained singer. Her cover of the Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes song Lua was featured in the pilot Halfway There in 2018. In 2021, Sarah appeared in a supporting role in the Lifetime TV movie Desperate Widows.