Lee Anne Schmitt

Moving Image, 2015

Lee Anne Schmitt is a writer and director of essay films and performances. She creates evocative, deeply felt works that consider everyday elements of American life as cultural ritual, including a series of cinematic investigations of the intersections of landscape with personal memory (Las Vegas, 2000), with the history of the American Left (Awake and Sing, 2003), and with urban development (The Wash, 2005). Hey last film, Purge This Land, based on the radical abolitionist John Brown premiered at CPHDox in 2017. In 2017 she won a Graham Foundation Award for the Fansworth Project, made with composer Rob Mazurek. Her work has screened at venues that include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, SFMOMA, The Cinema du Reel at the George Pompidou Center in Paris, Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley. She is faculty in the Film Directing Program at CalArts.

Awards and Accomplishments

2018: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Purge This Land

2017: Grand Jury Prize Open City Documentary Film Festival

2017: Premiere of Purge This Land at CPHDOX in Copenhagen

2017: Graham Foundation Award for The Farnsworth Scores, made with composer Rob Mazurek.

2017: Purge This Land at DocLisboa, Viennale, Jihlava Documentary Film Festival, Camden International