I don’t know much about life, but I know I believe in beauty, love, and laughter.
I believe in the strength of people and the power of imagination.
I believe in truth; I believe in empathy; I believe in independence.
I believe in you, and I believe in me, and most of all, I believe in us.
Aileen Sheedy graduated magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York with a B.S. in both Computer Science and Electronic Media, Arts & Communication. Throughout college, she was heavily involved in the campus radio station, WRPI, as both a DJ and a member of the executive committee.
After returning home to Portland, Oregon, Aileen worked as a software quality assurance engineer at Harmonic before deciding to start her film production company, Pencil Ink Productions. She is currently the videographer for the youth non-profit PlayWrite, Inc. and formerly the video producer at Late Night Library; she also teaches therapeutic filmmaking workshops for veterans with I Was There, a program of the Patton Veterans Project. When not producing her own projects, Aileen frequently works as an assistant director.
Aileen has written and directed short films across various genres, from science-fiction thrillers to raunchy romantic comedies to experimental tone poems. Several of her films have won cash prizes at competitions, including RPI’s McKinney Writing Contest and the “It’s Your Town” Filmmaking Competition sponsored by New Amsterdam Vodka. Her most recent short, “The Legend of Stella,” premiered at the Oregon Short Film Festival in 2020 and was nominated for Best Comedy film.
In 2015, Aileen created a 40-episode multimedia web series called The Misselthwaite Archives, which is a modern teen adaptation of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The show aired on YouTube and has been nominated for the Oregon Actor Awards, the Portland Indie Short Film Awards, and the Literary-Inspired Webseries Awards. Aileen is currently developing a second web series based on The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.