Most recently, Molly O'Brien's film Cesar's Last Fast (executive producer/producer) premiered in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Cesar's Last Fast sold before its first Sundance screening to Participant Media/Pivot and Univision for simultaneous national broadcast in English and Spanish. Previously, for her producing and directing work in film and television, O’Brien was short-listed for the Academy Awards in 1998 (A Pig With Hair, PBS), awarded a prime time Emmy in 2000 (American High, FoxTV), nominated for a prime time Emmy in 2001 (American High) and made a 2010 Sundance Institute Producing Fellow (Cesar's Last Fast).
In 2013, O’Brien began working for Sundance Institute special projects. She produced Catalyst Weekend, a convening of film financiers, industry advisors and filmmakers that raised over 2 million dollars in 72 hours. Additionally, she was the Supervising Producer for Selfie, a branded short film and collaboration between Sundance Institute and Dove. Selfie won a Clio Image Award in 2014 and has garnered nearly one million views on YouTube.
As a producer/director of branded content O'Brien's clients have included: Zumba Fitness, XO Group, Natural Resources Defense Council, LA Philharmonic, Sierra Club, Feed America and The World Food Programme. O'Brien's films have garnered numerous international film festival awards and have broadcast across multiple platforms including FOX TV, ABC Family, History Channel, Sundance Channel, PBS, Pivot, Univision and Netflix. O’Brien is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and lives in Los Angeles with her family.