Eliza Hittman

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Eliza Hittman
Eliza Hittman.jpg
Hittman at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
BornFlatbush, Brooklyn, U.S.
EducationEdward R. Murrow High School
Alma mater
  • Director
  • writer
  • producer
Years active2008–present

Eliza Hittman is a screenwriter, producer, and director born and based in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Hittman was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, where she was a theater buff.[1] She graduated from Indiana University in 2001 with a BA in theater and drama,[2] but later went on to study art and film, and in 2010 received her MFA from the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts.[3]


Her short film Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight premiered at Sundance in 2011[4] and was on Indiewire's "The Best of the Best" list.[5]

Hittman's first feature film, It Felt Like Love, opened at IFC Center in March 2014,[6] and has received positive reviews, with a score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.[7] It was a New York Times[8] and Village Voice[9] Critics' Pick. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Indie Film in 2013.[10]

She directed two episodes of 13 Reasons Why in 2018.


In 2014, for It Felt Like Love, she was nominated as Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director,[11] and for the John Cassavetes Spirit Award.[12]

Her second film Beach Rats, which was selected for the 2015 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab,[13] had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017, and was acquired by Neon.[14][15] At Sundance, she won the Directing Award.

She was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mark, Morales. "Murrow HS grad's first full-length film to be featured at Sundance with a little help from alumni". NY Daily News. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Stages" (PDF). Indiana University. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. ^ Fraser, Paul. "24700". blog.calarts.edu. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Forever's Gonna Start Tonight". Sundance Institute. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  5. ^ Katie, Walsh. "Exclusive: Poster Premiere For Sundance Coming-Of-Age Drama 'It Felt Like Love'". Indiewire. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  6. ^ "It Felt Like Love". IFC Center. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  7. ^ "It Felt Like Love (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  8. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette. "It Felt Like Love (2013)". NY Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  9. ^ Wilson, Chuck. "It Felt Like Love: A Bracing Look at What Girls Want". Village Voice. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Eliza Hittman". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  11. ^ Luers, Erik (October 23, 2014). "Nominees Announced for 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP". IFP. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "30th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced". Film Independent. November 25, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces 12 Projects for 2015 January Screenwriters Lab". Sundance. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Beach Rats". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  15. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 28, 2017). "'Beach Rats' Lands Deal With Neon At Sundance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.gf.org/fellows/all-fellows/eliza-hittman/

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