Born in Harlem, New York, Salnave has managed to balance an extensive range of professional experiences working with key players in the film and music industry. For over a 10-year span, Salnave has documented her community by creating a film about the gentrification of Harlem, called “Harlem’s Mart 125: The American Dream” which has toured film festivals, Universities and community organizations around the country.
Harlem’s Mart 125 won “Best Documentary” at the 2010 African World Documentary Film Festival in St. Louis. Salnave has spoken on several panels designed to discuss ways on preventing the plight of gentrification. Harlem’s Mart 125 screened at the 2011 National Urban League Conference held in Boston and also during the America I Am: The African American Imprint exhibit at the Missouri History Museum presented by Tavis Smiley.
Salnave has recently obtained her Masters degree in Motion Pictures at the University of Miami. She is the 2012 Wine Spector Magazine Grant recipient for her work in showcasing Top Chef Celebrity Ron Duprat. She has currently completed a short documentary film “The Heavenly Nut: An Experiment” which looks at one families mission to save the environment by planting Macadamia Nut Tree’s. La Belle Vie: The Good Life will be her 2nd feature length film. Rachelle Salnave is based in South Florida.