Meet Our Directors
Meet Our Directors
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Lucy Walker is an Emmy-winning British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. The Hollywood Reporter has called her “the new Errol Morris” and Variety has praised her unique ability to connect with audiences. Lucy grew up in England and graduated from Oxford University with top honors in literature, and directed theater before winning a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her MFA. While living in New York she directed award-winning short fiction films and enjoyed a successful career as a DJ and musician.
Lucy's films include feature documentaries such The Crash Reel (2013) and Waste Land (2010) and short films such as The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011) and The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014). Her films have been shortlisted for five Oscars (nominated for two), nominated for seven Emmys (winning one), an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award, a Gotham Award, and have won over one hundred other film awards. For her advertising work she has been recognized with three Cannes Lions, two Clios, two One Clios and two Association of Independent Commercial Producers awards.
Lucy now lives in Venice, California, continues to direct new projects, and enjoys curating the TEDxVeniceBeach program.
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Chris Hegedus has been directing, shooting, and editing documentary films for over forty years. In 2002 she was awarded the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award for Startup.com, which chronicled the first Internet boom and bust through the adventures of two young entrepreneurs. With her long-time collaborator, D. A. Pennebaker, Chris directed the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign film, The War Room, which was nominated for an Academy Award®. In 2004, their HBO show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, won two Primetime Emmy® Awards. Chris has directed a host of acclaimed films including The Energy War series, Town Bloody Hall, Delorean, Moon Over Broadway, Depeche Mode 101, Down From the Mountain, Only the Strong Survive, Al Franken: God Spoke, and Kings of Pastry. Most recently, Chris produced, directed and shot, Unlocking the Cage, which follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise through his unprecedented legal challenge for personhood rights for chimpanzees. Hegedus has received the Golden Eagle CINE award and lifetime achievement awards from several organizations including the International Documentary Association and from Yale University where she taught for many years.
Amy Berg is an internationally critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her documentary DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2006) before she went on to direct WEST OF MEMPHIS (2012), a documentary about the failure of the justice system in the West Memphis Three case. She worked in collaboration with producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, and the film premiered to rave reviews at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was BAFTA nominated. Sony Pictures Classics Released the film in Fall 2012.
Amy’s first narrative feature, EVERY SECRET THING (2014), starring Dakota Fanning, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She then directed PROPHET’S PREY (2015), executive produced by Jon Krakauer and Imagine Entertainment. The film aired on Showtime and was nominated for a WGA award. Amy’s labor of love film that she worked on for seven years, JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2015 and went on to have great box office success as well as win numerous festival awards. At the end of 2015, Amy relocated her production company, Disarming Films, to Brooklyn, NY to work with her exciting new team where she is now working on a new original Netflix series which explores the relationship between human and their dogs.
Amy is currently shooting a feature documentary following the groundbreaking global movement of women who are fighting to change the status quo and transform minds, politics and society as a whole. In her free time, Amy can be found at the local dog park concocting interesting medicinal remedies using ginger while breaking into spontaneous disco dance moves.