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Lisa Leeman

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Loka Pala Productions

Lisa Leeman has produced, directed, written & edited award-winning feature & short documentaries for the last twenty-five years.  Her work illuminates contemporary social issues through intimate character-driven stories that follow people at critical turning points.  Roger Ebert named Leeman’s One Lucky Elephant as one of the best documentaries of 2011. 
Leeman is currently making a follow-up to her first documentary, Metamorphosis (Sundance Filmmakers’ Trophy, 1990; POV/PBS), which chronicled the gender transition of devout Christian and animation artist Gabi P over thee years in the late 1980s.  The new film, Trans*Formed, revisits Gabi 26 years later, & finds her at an unexpected crossroads (Sundance Production Grant; Sundance Producing Summit, 2018).  As a Producer's Guild Diversity Fellow (2018), she is developing American Veda, a four-part documentary series that traces the untold stories of women who brought yoga to the United States.  Previous work includes co-directing/producing/writing the award-winning feature documentary Awake, which marshalled audiences into a 48 week theatrical run in the U.S. & in 17 countries; directing the feature docs Out of Faith, co-directing Who Needs Sleep, and producing Crazy Wisdom, with director Johanna Demetrakas; & directing/producing a series of #MeToo PSAs. Lisa is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.