A graduate of the American Film Institute, Lisa Molomot is an American documentary filmmaker and editor whose work has aired on PBS series such as Independent Lens and has been seen at film festivals all over the world, including Sundance, SXSW, New Directors, New Films and DOC NYC.
Lisa's 2013 directing debut THE HILL, about the demolition of an African-American neighborhood in New Haven, CT, premiered on the PBS series America Reframed and won best documentary at Greenpoint Film Festival and Honorable Mention for the Paul Robeson Award.
Her 2013 film SCHOOL’S OUT, about a forest kindergarten in Switzerland, premiered on the PBS series Natural Heroes, won best short at Prescott Film Festival, Colorado Environmental Film Festival and Columbus International Film Festival, and was written about on Slate, in The Atlantic, and in National Geographic. With screenings at over 100 festivals and public screenings around the world, SCHOOL’S OUT sparked a movement among early childhood educators to set up their own versions of an outdoor kindergarten. There are now 250 forest kindergartens in the U.S.
She just finished work on the feature documentary MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY, which premiered at the 2020 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival where it received the Best Southern Feature award and has received funding from ITVS, Perspective Fund, LEF Foundation, Mountainfilm, and is Executive Produced by Abigail Disney at Fork Films. The film screened at DOC NYC 2020 and will air on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2021.
Lisa spent the spring of 2019 on a Fulbright Scholarship in Toronto working on the documentary SAFE HAVEN about U.S. war resisters seeking asylum in Canada and the award-winning short film SOLEDAD about an asylum case. Both films are currently screening at film festivals around the country and Canada.
Some of her other films about the Southwest are the award-winning TEACHING IN ARIZONA and THE CLEANERS.
Lisa has taught filmmaking at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Colorado College and Trinity College and currently teaches at the School of Theatre, Film and Television, the Human Rights Practice Graduate Program and the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.
Lisa is a member of the filmmaker-run distribution company New Day Films.