Visiting Artist in Residence
Primary Academic Program: Film and Electronic Arts
Biography:Lisa Katzman works as a journalist, film critic, documentary filmmaker, and screenwriter. Tootie’s Last Suit, her documentary film about the history and culture of New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians and iconic Chief Tootie Montana, premiered at the 2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, played theatrically in New York and Chicago, and received the prestigious Jean Rouch Award from the Society for Visual Anthropology. 9/11’s Unsettled Dust, which she produced and directed, will premiere on WNET (New York City’s PBS affiliate) in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. For her original investigative work on BP’s use of Corexit, a toxic dispersant used during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, Katzman received a research fellowship from The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund. She has worked as a drama and script consultant for Israeli director Amos Gitai and writer/producer David Simon on the HBO series, The Deuce. Original screenplays include Rachel and Gerard, an interracial romance set in the art world of Chicago that will be directed filmmaker Charles Burnett; and Deep Song, an adaptation of Dorien Ross’ memoir Returning to A, about the author’s experiences studying Flamenco guitar with a Roma master in Andalusia during the Franco regime. Katzman has written extensively about film, art, the environment, feminism, food, music, the sex industry, and human rights for many publications, including the New York Times, Village Voice, Mother Jones, Film Comment, Interview, Saveur, Playboy, High Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. As an educator, she has taught film studies and screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Tulane University, Brooklyn College, and Vassar College.
BA, Bard College; MA, University of Chicago. At Bard since 2018.