Lisa Biagiotti is an independent filmmaker and journalist. She is currently working as a Sundance New Frontier Artist / Storyteller in Residence at MIT’s Media Lab. YOU ARE HERE is a project that explores the future of storytelling, using data and visual communication to impact the way we live.
Lisa is the director and producer of ‘deepsouth’ (2013), a feature documentary about HIV, poverty and LGBT issues in the rural American South. As part of a grassroots film tour, ‘deepsouth’ has screened more than 65 times -- and 40 times at the invitation of communities in the rural South. Lisa has been invited to discuss the issue at The White House, Clinton Global Initiative, Human Rights Campaign and at conferences and universities across the country.
Her work focuses on complex, under-reported social issues, and has been featured in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, PBS, NPR, among other publications and platforms. The stories she produced on the humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. ‘deepsouth’ was a finalist for the Livingston Award and the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize, and has won several awards on the the film festival circuit.
Lisa teaches storytelling to first-time filmmakers, and lectures internationally on independent, digital journalism. She received a Fulbright grant to research Muslim immigration to Italy, and holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Lisa lives in Los Angeles, CA.