Hittman at the 2017 Montclair Film Festival
|Born||Flatbush, Brooklyn, U.S.|
|Education||Edward R. Murrow High School|
Eliza Hittman is a screenwriter, producer, and director born and based in New York City.
Hittman was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, where she was a theater buff. She graduated from Indiana University in 2001 with a BA in theater and drama, 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.
Hittman's first feature film, It Felt Like Love, opened at IFC Center in March 2014, and has received positive reviews, with a score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a New York Times and Village Voice Critics' Pick. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Indie Film in 2013.
She directed two episodes of 13 Reasons Why in 2018.
Her second film Beach Rats, which was selected for the 2015 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017, and was acquired by Neon. At Sundance, she won the Directing Award.
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