Works-In-Progress Documentary: Walk By Me (aka Trans*Formed)

USA | Lisa Leeman

April 15, 2021

26 years after chronicling the gender transition of a successful young artist, filmmaker Lisa Leeman is surprised to find her at an equally transformative, yet wholly unexpected, crossroad again.

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  • Director: Lisa Leeman
  • Country: USA

Lisa Leeman

Director Biography
Lisa Leeman has produced, directed, written and edited award-winning documentaries for the last thirty years. Her work mainly focuses on two areas – faith and spirituality, and what she calls ‘sideways social-issue films – intimate character-driven stories that illuminate contemporary social issues by how they directly affect people’s lives. Her debut feature documentary, Metamorphosis, won Sundance’s Filmmakers’ Trophy and aired on POV (PBS) in 1990

Lisa co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced the award-winning feature documentary Awake, which premiered at SIFF 2014, and screened in U.S. theaters for 48 weeks, and in 17 countries. Awake is one of only 17 films directed by women in the 250 top-grossing films of 2014. Other directing and producing credits include One Lucky Elephant, Who Needs Sleep (with Haskell Wexler), and Crazy Wisdom, a portrait of the renowned Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa.

Lisa is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and has served as a judge at the Sundance Film Festival and as the president of the International Documentary Association.

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