Rebecca Messner's first film, Olmsted and America's Urban Parks, about the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, features the voices of Kevin Kline and Kerry Washington, and was broadcast nationally in 2011 via American Public Television—it is currently being distributed on PBS DVD. Prior to working on The Good Breast, Messner was commissioned by Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated with a degree in Writing Seminars in 2008, to direct a film about the Baltimore Scholars Program, which gives free tuition to graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools. In 2012, she served as executive editor of Urbanite, a Baltimore-based monthly magazine with a circulation of 120,000 that addressed the issues that affect urban citizens. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Johns Hopkins Magazine, Time Out New York, Grist, and The Baltimore Sun