Tia Lessin is producer and director of the Academy Award-nominated film, Trouble the Water, winner of the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Lessin was a producer of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, winner of the Palme d’Or, and of Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine. In television, her work as producer of the series, The Awful Truth, earned her two Emmy nominations and one arrest. Lessin received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism for her documentary short, Behind the Labels. She line-produced Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and was Associate Producer of Charles Guggenheim’s Oscar-nominated film, Shadows of Hate. In 2006, Lessin received a Katrina Media Fellowship from George Soros’s Open Society Institute to promote a national conversation on racism and inequality in America with Trouble the Water, and in 2007, she was a Sundance Institute Fellow. Lessin is a graduate of Cornell University (1988) and she lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her filmmaking partner Carl Deal.