Blaise Godbe Lipman

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Blaise David Godbe Lipman
BornJune 19, 1989
Other namesBlaise Embry, Blaise Godbe Lipman
OccupationActor, Director
Years active2004–present

Blaise Godbe Lipman is an award winning American filmmaker, actor, political commentator, and a Time Person of the Year for his social activism.[1]

Early Life[edit]

Blaise was born and raised in rural Big Sur California to Kira Godbe, an American photographer, and Hillary Lipman, a British real estate investor and landscape designer. [2] On his mother's side, he is the grandson of performance artist and political activist Ed Leeper, [3] and Liz Leeper, a founding member of the ACLU. Blaise's Paternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors, originally from Poland and Russia. [4]

Career[edit]

Filmmaker portrait, 2017 Sundance Film Festival

A few months after moving to Hollywood, Blaise was cast as Brett Bailey on the fifth season of NBC's The Office. Blaise subsequently made a name for himself as a teen actor on TV shows Weeds, CSI:NY, Hawaii 5-0, as well Disney shows; Suite Life on Deck, Pair of Kings.[5]

Blaise's film work includes acclaimed dramas Nobody Walks (Magnolia Pictures, Sundance 2012) and The Amateur (Tar & Feather, Dances with Films, 2015) for which he also served as co-producer, the lead role of Keegan Dark, in The Dark Place, an acclaimed thriller for which Blaise won a best actor award at South by SouthWest Film Festival, [6] and the series regular role of Jared Fostmeyer on the lifetime Series Betrayed at 17. [7]

He has written and directed short films that have played and won festivals internationally including Best Film at the UK Film Festival, Best Short at the London Film Festival, New Directors/New Films Festival , Carmel International Film Festival, Cinema Jam, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, NewFilmmakers NY, and Big Sur International.

In 2016, Lipman was named a Film Independent Fellow, and was invited to participate in the Director's Lab, supported by The Time Warner Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Lipman is working with James Ponsoldt on his debut feature film In theShadows of the Rainbow.[8]

He has also worked extensively with Ryan Murphy [9] after being selected as part of his Half Foundation in 2017. He directed on Murphy's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

Lipman's visual curation and installation work has been featured at the MOMA, MOCA in Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. [10]

Personal Life[edit]

Blaise initially was professionally known as a Blaise Embry, a surname his first agents recommended because they thought “god” in Godbe may be too polarizing, and Lipman too ethnic. Blaise later returned to his given name upon becoming a filmmaker[11] In October 2017 Lipman contributed to the launch of the “Me Too” movement when he came forward publicly about abuse suffered in the industry as a young actor, offering a platform to survivors of sexual assault. Blaise was the first to give a voice to male victims of sexual assault, who have traditionally been stigmatized. [12] Blaise was named one of Time Magazine's Time Person of the Year in 2017 for his work in the movement, alongside fellow celebrities Taylor Swift, Ashley Judd and Alyssa Milano, as well as lesser known activists Susan Fowler and Adama Iwu.[13]

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