Lisa Leeman

Lecture: Docs Can Change the World, One Story at a Time
Wednesday, April 27: 3:30 - 5:15pm
Noble Lounge

In today's media-saturated world, it's no longer enough to just make a great documentary. To make an impact, you need to know how to reach audiences and engage them. We will discuss case studies of films that have catalyzed positive social change, and will workshop student projects for potential outreach and audience engagement strategies.

 believes that strong narrative and character-driven films can change the world, one story at a time, & that the path to social change is through the heart. Lisa’s groundbreaking first film, METAMORPHOSIS: MAN INTO WOMAN, won the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival & garnered the top broadcast ratings on POV, PBS’s documentary showcase. Roger Ebert named Leeman’s ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT as one of the best documentaries of 2011. That film was broadcast on OWN as part of Oprah Winfrey's Documentary of the Month Club, and was selected for the U.S. State Department's American Documentary Showcase.
For the last twenty-five years, Lisa has directed, produced, written & edited feature & short documentaries. She most recently co-directed the award-winning feature doc AWAKE, which opens in theaters October, 2014. Awake won the Audience Award at the Illuminate Film Festival, and the Spirit of Cinema Award at the Maui International Film Festival.

Lisa spent a decade editing award-winning social issue documentaries, including the acclaimed MADE IN LA, and films for Renee Tajima-Pena; Michele Ohayon; Micha Peled; Stanley Nelson, and others. Lisa has served as a judge at the Sundance Film Festival, the president of the International Documentary Association, and on the boards of the IDA and the National Coalition of Independent Public Broadcasting Producers.