Eliza Hittman

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Eliza Hittman
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Hittman at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
Alma mater
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 the 2011 Sundance Film Festival[4] and was on Indiewire's "The Best of the Best" list.[5]

Hittman's first feature film, It Felt Like Love, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival[6] and opened at the IFC Center in New York in March 2014.[7] It has received positive reviews, with a score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.[8] It was a New York Times[9] and Village Voice[10] Critics' Pick. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Indie Film in 2013.[11]

Her second film Beach Rats, was selected for the 2015 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab,[12] had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017, and was acquired by Neon.[13][14]

In 2018, she directed two episodes of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix,[15] and two episodes of High Maintenance on HBO.[16]

Her third film, Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always was acquired by Focus Features.[17]


In 2014, for It Felt Like Love, she was nominated as Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director,[18] and for the John Cassavetes Spirit Award.[19]

At the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, she won the Directing Award: Dramatic for Beach Rats.[20]

She was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for film-video in 2018.[21]

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. ^ DeFore, John (24 January 2013). "It Felt Like Love: Sundance Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  7. ^ "It Felt Like Love". IFC Center. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  8. ^ "It Felt Like Love (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  9. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette. "It Felt Like Love (2013)". NY Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  10. ^ Wilson, Chuck. "It Felt Like Love: A Bracing Look at What Girls Want". Village Voice. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Eliza Hittman". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Sundance Institute Announces 12 Projects for 2015 January Screenwriters Lab". Sundance. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Beach Rats". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  14. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 28, 2017). "'Beach Rats' Lands Deal With Neon At Sundance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  15. ^ Lindsay, Benjamin (31 August 2017). "Eliza Hittman on Filming Teen Tribulation in 'Beach Rats' + '13 Reasons Why'". Backstage. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  16. ^ Murthi, Vikram (29 March 2018). "Every High Maintenance Episode, Ranked". Vulture.com. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  17. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (April 15, 2019). "Focus Features, 'Moonlight' Outfit Pastel & BBC Films Team For Eliza Hittman Drama 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  18. ^ Luers, Erik (October 23, 2014). "Nominees Announced for 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP". IFP. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  19. ^ "30th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced". Film Independent. November 25, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  20. ^ Nordine, Michael (20 July 2017). "'Beach Rats' Trailer: The Boys of Summer Aren't What They Appear in Eliza Hittman's Sundance Prizewinner". Indiewire. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Eliza Hittman". gf.org. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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