Meet Our Directors
Meet Our Directors
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.