Charlene Bagcal is a WGA screenwriter for film and television and a director. She is most notably known for her mysterious, provocative and hyper-visual films always grasping between the surreal and reality. Her films have screened internationally in festivals in the UK, Turkey, United States, Mexico, and South Africa.

In 2018, she became a fellow of Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative for TV Directing, on FX’s, American Horror Story. In 2021, she was selected as a fellow for Blackmagic’s Breakthrough Initiative.
In 2020-21, she was staffed as a screenwriter on a new psychological thriller for Warner/HBO Max. 

She is currently in development for her debut erotic thriller feature and hour-long grounded sci-fi series, The Un/Desirables, and erotic thriller series, For Sin. 

"Charlene is one of the most visually talented directors that I have ever worked with — in the vein of auteurs such as David Lynch and Ryan Murphy. She develops and executes perfectly beautiful and haunting stories by weaving together exquisite shots, excellent performances, coupled with hard work."
- Kim Rosen / Former VP Head of Development, Secret Hideout

"She’s got an abundance of talent available to her at her disposal and for a wide range of disciplines. Everything she touches turns to

- The Creative Book (UK)

“Charlene’s films are filled with dreamlike imagery, meticulous sound design and haunting scores. Her surrealist and emotional sensibility combines conceptual expression with mysterious visuals."
- La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

"Her works are surrealist and daring and she questions themes like power, fragility and sexuality.” 
- Inhale Magazine

"Charlene was integral to helping my marketing team execute complicated, ASMR focused shoots and made what could be a stressful situation a breeze. Even though our concept was out of the box and could be daunting to most creative directors, Charlene was able to jump in and come up with solid creative and production plan within our budgets. Our team trusts Charlene implicitly and hold her as the barometer of what we expect for our production partners. Looking forward to more opportunities to work with her again!"- Mackenzie Harkins / Senior Manager for Blended Strategy Agency