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Leah Warshawski

(Note: Leah cannot be at the panel, but will participate with Pamela Lavitt reading and showing clips.)

Leah Warshawski produces and directs documentary-style features, television, commercials, and branded entertainment in remote parts of the world. Her first feature, Finding Hillywood (2013), won six awards, including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Doc Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival), and screened at more than 65 festivals. Leah’s career in film began in Hawaii working in the marine department for Lost and Hawaii. She is currently co-ep for the feature doc Personhood (2017–18), consulting producer for The Wild (2018), and advises filmmakers on outreach, marketing, and hybrid distribution plans. In addition, Leah co-founded rwandafilm.org, a “LinkedIn” for Rwandan filmmakers supported by Bpeace and the Academy of Motion Pictures. She recently gave a TedX talk entitled “How Do You Cope with the Trauma You Didn’t Experience?” When she’s not on a plane, you can find her swimming, hiking, and dreaming of whales.