Lana Wilson is an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Spirit Award-nominated director, writer, and producer.
Her most recent film, The Departure, about a punk-turned-priest in Japan, was critically acclaimed for being a poetic, profound, and moving exploration of what makes life worth living. The Departure premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, played at festivals around the world, and was nominated for the 2018 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
Wilson also works in episodic and short-form filmmaking. She directed A Cure for Fear, a short-form web series that premiered at the Camden International Film Festival in 2018 and will screen at SXSW in 2019. A Cure for Fear recently launched on First Look Media’s Topic.com. Wilson also wrote and produced the premiere episode of the National Geographic documentary miniseries I Am Rebel (2016).
Wilson is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded artist fellowships from the Sundance Institute, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Film Independent, and was named to DOC NYC’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. She is a recipient of the 2019 Chicken & Egg Award. Wilson has taught master classes and workshops at UnionDocs and DCTV, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute.
Wilson’s work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute, ITVS, the Bertha Foundation, Artemis Rising Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the International Documentary Association, Candescent Films, Women in Film, the Independent Feature Project, Film Independent, and the New York State Council on the Arts, among other institutions.
Previously, Wilson was the Film and Dance Curator at Performa, the New York biennial of new visual art performance.
She holds a BA in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University, where she graduated with honors.