Faculty & Staff

Danielle Lessovitz
Assistant Professor

Filmmaking is about what it means to be human.

Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA, New York University
BS, Northwestern University

Danielle Lessovitz is a New York City-based writer/director for film and television. Her directorial debut, Port Authority was produced by Martin Scorsese and premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. She co-wrote the feature film Mobile Homes, which also premiered at Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) in 2017.

After completing her undergraduate training in documentary film at Northwestern University, she traveled across the United States and abroad before moving to New York to pursue her master’s in Film Production at New York University, where she received a fellowship for her studies. She has been awarded grants from France’s Centre National du Cinema, The New York State Council of the Arts, and Torino Film Lab and is a MacDowell Fellow. Her work has had nationwide theatrical releases in Europe, Asia, and the Americas and has been included in exhibitions at MOCA in Los Angeles, MoCADA in Brooklyn, Painted Bride Art Gallery in Philadelphia, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and on television and online platforms such as PBS, Ovation, Netflix, Nowness, and MUBI.