Lisa Biagiotti is an independent journalist and filmmaker. She is the director and producer of deepsouth (2013), a feature documentary about HIV and poverty in the rural American South.
When not on a grassroots film tour, Lisa is working with Sundance’s New Frontier Story Lab and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab on a project about the future and impact of storytelling.
Lisa has written and produced for the Los Angeles Times, PBS, Current TV and Human Rights Watch. Her work focuses on complex, under-reported social issues, from the sanitation crisis in South East Asia to homophobia in the Caribbean. The stories she produced on the humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2009.
She teaches storytelling to first-time filmmakers, and lectures internationally on independent, post-industrial journalism. Lisa has also worked in marketing and advertising for magazine publishing houses, financial services companies and nonprofit organizations.
She received a Fulbright grant to research Muslim immigration to Italy in 2001. Lisa holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.