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Tia Lessin is an American documentary filmmaker.[1] Lessin has produced and directed documentaries and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.

Tia Lessin
OccupationFilm director, film producer

She is the director and producer, along with Carl Deal of Trouble the Water, Citizen Koch and Behind the Labels and produced of several of Michael Moore's films including Fahrenheit 9/11, Where to Invade Next and Fahrenheit 11/9.


Tia Lessin is producer and director, together with Carl Deal, of the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary Trouble the Water, winner of the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for best documentary. Tia was a co-producer of Michael Moore’s "Where to Invade Next", Capitalism: A Love Story, Fahrenheit 9/11, winner of the Palme d'Or, and the supervising producer of Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine.

Tia received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism for her documentary Behind the Labels. She line produced Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and was consulting producer for his Living in the Material World: George Harrison. Tia began her career as associate producer of Charles Guggenheim’s Oscar-nominated short film Shadows of Hate.

In television, Tia’s work as producer of the series The Awful Truth earned her two Emmy Award nominations and one arrest.[citation needed]

Tia is a Sundance Institute Fellow, an Open Society Institute Katrina Media Fellow, a Creative Capital grantee and was awarded the Women of Worth “Vision” Award by L’Oréal Paris and Women in Film.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

  • Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Feature, 2008
  • Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
  • Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Full Frame Film Festival
  • Winner, Gotham Independent Film Award
  • Emmy Award nominee, producer of Outstanding Informational program: long form, 2010
  • Emmy Award nominee, Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research, 2010
  • Nominee, Producers Guild of America Award, best non fiction producer 2008
  • Nominee, NAACP Image Award, 2008
  • Council On Foundations Henry Hampton Award for Excellence In Film And Digital Media, 2009
  • Harry Chapin Media Award for Film, 2009
  • Winner, Sidney Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism
  • Women of Worth Vision Award by L'Oréal Paris and Women in Film.[2]
  • Emmy Award Nominee, producer of Outstanding Non-Fiction Series, 2000–2001
  • Emmy Award Nominee, producer of Outstanding Non-Fiction Series, 1998–1999
  • Creative Capital grantee
  • Sundance Institute Fellow
  • Open Society Institute Katrina Media Fellow



  • The Awful Truth (1999, 2000), producer
  • TV Nation: Volume One & Two (1997), associate producer


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ "Women of Worth Vision Award". Retrieved 2009-10-11.

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