ECAL Masterclass: Danielle Lessovitz – Screenwriter and film director, Brooklyn/New York
Danielle Lessovitz, screenwriter and film director, New York
Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 6 pm, IKEA Auditorium
At 6.30pm, screening of the "Port Authority" movie
Within the framework of the ECAL Residency program at La Becque, Danielle Lessovitz, American filmmaker, has been invited to teach in the Cinema Department of ECAL for the fall semester 2020-2021.During her stay at the artist residency located in La Tour-de-Peilz, she will simultaneously work on various her future film projects.
Born in 1982, Danielle Lessovitz is a screenwriter and film director based in Brooklyn, (New York). She studied documentary film at Northwestern University and fine arts at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She currently works as a professor at Rutgers University. Her practice varies between filmmaking and artistic or video installations. Her projects typically focus on marginalized communities and she often stars non-professional actors. She is a part of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. She directed her first short film, Batteries, in 2009. In 2017, she co-wrote and co-produced the film "Mobile Homes", which was showcased in Cannes at la “Quinzaine des Réalisateurs”. In 2019, she directed her first feature, "Port Authority", which was executive-produced by Martin Scorsese and presented as a world premiere at Festival de Cannes as part of the “Un Certain Regard” official selection.
On the occasion of this Masterclass, Danielle Lessovitz will be in conversation with Jasmin Basic, Coordinator of the Master Cinema ECAL/HEAD (discussion will be held in English).
The Masterclass will be followed by a screening of Port Authority at 6.30pm. The film in set in the ballroom scene of Harlem and narrates the encounter between a young white man and a group of Afro-Americans queer dancers.