Lisa Robinson


Lisa is a world-building director and filmmaker known for eliciting deep performances from actors and telling emotionally powerful stories.

She leverages arresting visuals and psychology to excavate true yet unexpected insights into the human condition.

Lisa’s feature writing and directing includes two award-winning feature films. Claire in Motion, starring Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), premiered at SXSW in 2016 and was praised by The LA Times as “a quietly affecting psychological mystery.” Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, starring Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby) and Andre Holland (Moonlight), premiered at SXSW in 2011. Roger Ebert deemed the film "effortlessly engaging" and it earned Critic's Pick at Time-Out and New York Magazine. Her short films, particularly festival-favorite Head Stand, launched her filmmaking career, screening at premiere festivals including Cannes, Tribeca, and Telluride.

An alumna of the NBC Female Forward television directing program, Lisa has since garnered acclaim for elevating actors’ performances and her dynamic action sequences. She has worked with talents like James Spader in Blacklist and Michael Sheen in Prodigal Son. Recently, Lisa directed an episode of The Calling, the Peacock limited series from executive producers David E. Kelley and Barry Levinson, as well as the Season 9 finale of Chicago Fire.

Lisa was raised and educated on both coasts. While earning her BA in film studies at UC Berkeley, she worked on visual effects of legendary films like Jurassic Park as an apprentice editor at Lucasfilm and absorbed experimental high-art films as a projectionist at the Pacific Film Archive. Her exposure to both classic Hollywood pictures and boundary-breaking film informs her distinct cinematic perspective. She received her MFA from NYU's Film Directing Program and lives in New York City with her family.
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