Tia Lessin

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Tia Lessin
Born United States
Occupation Film director, film producer

Tia Lessin is an American documentary filmmaker.[1]

She is the director and producer, along with Carl Deal of Citizen Koch and Trouble the Water. She directed and produced Behind the Labels and co-produced of several of Michael Moore's films including Capitalism: A Love Story, Fahrenheit 9/11 and she was the supervising producer of Bowling for Columbine.


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 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.

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 recognitions[edit]

  • 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


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