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Director Lucy Walker's documentaries have won over 50 film awards, and she has twice been nominated for an Academy Award: Waste Land (2010), a documentary feature that also won over 30 other awards including Audience Awards at both Sundance and Berlin; and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011), about survivors of Japan’s 2011 tsunami, which also won the nonfiction jury prize at Sundance.
Countdown to Zero (2010) addresses nuclear weapons. it premiered at Sundance and played in the Official Selection at Cannes.
Blindsight (2006) is about blind Tibetan students who climbed Mount Everest. It premiered at Toronto and won awards at film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival.
Devil's Playground (2002) is about Amish teenagers. It premiered at Sundance and was nominated for three Emmys (Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Editing) and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
Walker has also been nominated for two Emmys for Outstanding Directing for Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues.
The Crash Reel, a new feature documentary set in the world of professional snowboarding, which Lucy produced and directed, made its debut as the Salt Lake Opening Night Gala film at Sundance in January, 2013.
About Lucy Walker
Walker grew up in London. She graduated from Oxford University before winning a Fulbright scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at New York University. She began her career by directing theater and musical theater, winning awards at Oxford for her productions, and she also had a career as a deejay.
The Young Cinema VIsionaries Series is made possible by a generous grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).