Tia Lessin

Moving Image, 2008

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.

Awards and Accomplishments


Tia Lessin & Carl Deal's Citizen Koch has its theatrical release in Spring 2014 with Variance Films


Lessin & Carl Deal's Citizen Koch has its New York premiere at the IFC Center


Lessin & Deal's Citizen Koch is highlighted in New Yorker article on PBS's alleged censorship of films critical of David Koch


Tia Lessin & Carl Deal's Kickstarter Campaign for Citizen Koch was a success, raising nearly $170,000 from over 3,000 backers


Lessin & Deal receive MacArthur Documentary Film Fund grant


Lessin & Deal receive Kindle Project Grant

2009: Carl Deal and Tia Lessin are nominated for the Producers Guild of America Award for Feature Documentary for _Trouble the Water_

2009: Tia Lessin receives the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary

2008: Lessin receives Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media for her Creative Capital supported project _Trouble the Water_

2008: Lessin Receives L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth "Vision" Award

2008: Lessin and Deal receive Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance Film Festival

2008: Lessin receives Full Frame/Working Films Award

2008: Lessin receives Kathleen Bryan Edward Award for Human Rights

2008: Lessin receive Anne Dellinger Grand Jury Award