Documentary Film Prize Recipient, 2024

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tia Lessin has been making documentaries for 25 years. She earned three Emmy Awards for her work on “The Janes” (HBO) -- Best Documentary Director, Best Documentary, and Best Social Issue Documentary. The film was also recognized with the duPont-Columbia Award and four Critics Choice nominations. Tia directed and produced two other feature-length films: the Oscar-nominated Hurricane Katrina survival story “Trouble the Water” (HBO) winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the Gotham Independent Film Award and “Citizen Koch” (Netflix) about the rise of the Tea Party in the Midwest and the racist backlash against the Obama presidency. Her short film “Behind the Labels” (Oxygen) about labor trafficking of garment workers, was recognized with the Sidney Hillman Award for Broadcast Journalism. A longtime collaborator of Michael Moore, Tia produced Palme D’Or winning “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Academy Award-winning “Bowling for Columbine,” “Where to Invade Next,” and “Fahrenheit 11/9.” She line-produced Martin Scorsese’s Grammy-winning “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” (PBS). Tia’s producing work on the television series “The Awful Truth” (Bravo) earned her two Emmy nominations, one arrest, and a lifetime ban from Disneyland.

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