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Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson

Assistant Professor of Film

B.A., University of California, BerkeleyM.F.A., New York University


Professor Lisa Robinson works as a screenwriter and director. She co-wrote and co-directed (with Annie Howell) the feature film SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS which premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2011, screened at over 20 other festivals and won the Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival. It played theatrically in more than 20 cities, was a Time Out and New York Magazine Critics Pick and Roger Ebert praised it as “effortlessly engaging.”  Robinson also wrote and directed HOLLOW, a short film funded by ITVS (a division of PBS) for its Futurestates series that premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and streamed at Robinson also co-created SPARKS, a web series about humans and technology that was syndicated by the Sundance Channel. She wrote the screenplay MINDBLAST for The Blue Man Group. Her short films have screened at film festivals around the world including Cannes-Directors Fortnight and Telluride. Robinson received her MFA from New York University’s Graduate Film Directing Program.


Film Production, Screenwriting, Directing


  • Co-creator, “Sparks,” Webisode syndicated by the Sundance Channel (2008-2009)
  • Writer, “Mind Blast” (IMAX feature, in pre-production)
  • Director/writer, short films including “Breaker” (2001), “Head Stand” (2000), “Heads, Tires & Other Studies” (1997)


  • Recipient, Sloan Foundation Feature Production Award
  • Recipient, Newman’s Own Fellowship – Yaddo
  • Recipient, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
  • Recipient, Martin E. Segal Prize for Excellence in Film
  • Recipient, Lew Wasserman Fellowship
  • Recipient, Gold Prize and Kodak Award, New York Expo
  • Finalist, Wasserman Award
  • Recipient, Martin Scorsese Post Award
  • Recipient, Mitsubishi (Japan) Digital Media Lab Grant
  • Recipient, Clive J. Davis Award