The Mission of IN THE MOMENT FILMS is two-fold: To provide filmmaking opportunities for women; both in front of and behind the camera and to make films on topics of social significance.
Cynthia Uhrich has a broad-reaching scope of experience and knowledge in the film and acting business, ranging from Acting to Teaching to Writing, Producing, and Directing.
From 2003 to 2019, she was the owner and acting instructor of IN THE MOMENT STUDIO, located in St. Paul. Prior to that, she resided in Los Angeles for eight years, where she augmented her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater (UW-Stevens Point) with professional training, and obtained work as an actress. Highlights of her time in California include playing a Starfleet Officer for one year on the Star Trek television series “Enterprise” and a recurring role on the daytime drama “Passions.” Over the course of her career, she has performed in commercials, industrials, and voice-overs.
She has been a guest instructor at St. Cloud University, Minneapolis Media Institute, and Minneapolis Community Technical College in the Cinema Division, where she taught directors how to work with actors. She has cast more than 100 short films as the Casting Director for MCTC and for independent short film projects. She is a working actress and filmmaker; in 2012 she created the non-profit IN THE MOMENT FILMS, with the mission of employing more women in the field, with an eye toward telling original stories on topics of social significance.
She has written, produced, and directed several short films: “M 4 W” a romantic comedy. Her short “Robert in the Bedroom” recently was selected from 1000 entries to screen at the 36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. She wrote and produced “Code Green,” a film based on a true story of a young woman battling the “monster” that is her eating disorder.
She is also the co-producer and director of the dark romantic comedy "Everyone Goes in the Lake." Her films "Oh My Stars" (screenplay by Lorna Landvik) and "Misplaced Trust" (screenwriter & director) are currently on the festival circuit. All three of these films have screened at Twin Cities Film Festival and many other venues around the country!
As a playwright, two of Cynthia’s monologues (from a memoir she’s writing) were produced and then published in “Dirty Girls Come Clean: The Anthology” Vol. I (Freshwater Press.) She garnered 3rd Place in the Wisconsin Writers Association’s Jade Ring Competition in Adult Fiction for her story “Gathering Beauty.” Smith and Kraus published the short play she co-wrote with Jennifer Tuder titled “Leaf on the Wind.” She has completed a famed Minneapolis musician’s memoir (BrownMark, from Prince's band The Revolution) published by the University of Minnesota Press, and is in bookstores and on Amazon now.
She is the recent winner of Minnesota's Script Madness Competition and has several screenplays she is polishing and entering in screenwriting competitions. She has two cats who share her artist loft in Lowertown, St. Paul. She enjoys finding thrift-store treasures, reading, and watching movies. She also continues to perform in film and on stage.
In April of 2022, she relocated to Georgia and rebranded to IN THE MOMENT as a non-profit fiscally sponsored by Streams of Dreams. She continues to work as a screenwriter, producer, and director.
Quarter Finalist
White Feather
Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
Nashville
2021
Quarter-Finalist
White Feather
Sedona International Film Festival - Screenwriting
Sedona, AZ
2021
Finalist
White Feather
Wiki Screenplay Competition
Online screenwriting contest
2021
Semi-Finalist
Cora's Cookies
Burning Love Screenplay Contest
Richmond, VA
2021
Official Selection
Cora's Cookies
Montreal Independent Film Festival
Montreal, CANADA
2021
Semi-Finalist
Cora's Cookies
Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards
Online screenwriting contest
2021
Selected
Misplaced Trust
TCFF - Minnesota Short Showcase
Twin Cities, Minnesota
2021
Official Selection
Misplaced Trust
Raleigh Film & Art Festival
Raleigh, NC
2021
Nominee: Best Horror/Thriller
Misplaced Trust
Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival
Asbury Park, NJ
2021
Award of Excellence
Misplaced Trust
WRPN Women's International Film Festival
Nassau, Delaware
2021
4th Place: Thriller Category
Misplaced Trust
The International Horror Hotel
N.E. Ohio
2021
Official Selection
Misplaced Trust
Over 40 Film Festival
Carnegie, PA
2021
Official Selection
Misplaced Trust
Golden State Film Festival
Los Angeles
2021
Winner - "Outstanding Cinematography"
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Catalyst Content Festival
Duluth, MN
2021
Official Selection
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival
Fort Myers Beach
2021
Official Selection
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Queens World Film Festival
Jackson Heights, New York
2021
2nd Place
White Feather
Under_Score Productions Screenplay Competition
Minneapolis, MN
2020
WINNER: Best Short Screenplay
Cora's Cookies
Cinema World Fest Awards
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Finalist
Cora's Cookies
Wiki Screenplay Competition
Los Angeles, CA
2020
FIRST PLACE after 4 rounds of competition
Cora's Cookies
Script Madness
Twin Cities, Minnesota
2020
GOLD Award: Best Short Film
Misplaced Trust
Mindfield Film Festival - Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM
2020
WINNER: Best Horror Short
Misplaced Trust
Hollywood Just4Shorts Film & Screenplay Competition
Los Angeles, CA
2020
Finalist
Misplaced Trust
Hollywood International Golden Age
New York, NY
2020
Excellence Award: Lighting & Award of Merit: Cinematography
Misplaced Trust
Cinema World Fest Awards
Los Angeles
2020
Official Selection
Misplaced Trust
Toronto Independent Film Festival of CIFT
Toronto
2020
Finalist
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Las Vegas International Film Festival
Las Vegas
2020
Category Winner "Best Featurette"
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Central States Indie FanFilmFest
Rock Island, Illinois
2020
Official Selection
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Dubuque
2020
FIRST PLACE, Minnesota-Made Short
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Highway 61
Pine City
2020
Official Selection
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Culver City Film Festival
Los Angeles
2019
Audience Choice Award
Lorna Landvik's "Oh My Stars"
Twin Cities Film Fest
Minneapolis
2019
Award of Excellence
Code Green
Docs Without Borders (2018)
online
2018
Official Selection
ROBERT IN THE BEDROOM
Frozen Film Festival
St. Paul
2018
Official Selection
ROBERT IN THE BEDROOM
36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Film Festival
Minneapolis-St. Paul
2017
Semi-Finalist
Misplaced Trust
Phoenix Monthly Film Festival
Semi-Finalist
Misplaced Trust
Cyrus Monthly Film Festival
Award of Merit: "Female Filmmaker" & "Short"
Misplaced Trust
IndieFest Film Awards
Finalist
Misplaced Trust
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles
"Best Thriller" & "Best Ensemble"
Misplaced Trust
Hollywood Horror Blood Festival
Hollywood, CA
"Best Thriller" & "Best Ensemble"
Misplaced Trust
Oniros Film Awards
College
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Theater
19801986
Current City
Washington
Hometown
Germantown, WI
Gender
Female
Children
1 cat - Zipper
The Mission of IN THE MOMENT FILMS is two-fold: To provide filmmaking opportunities for women; both in front of and behind the camera and to make films on topics of social significance.