Lizzie Gottlieb

  • New York Film Academy Community Shines at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival


    New York Film Academy Community Shines at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival


    The Tribeca Film Festival is back for its 20th year and the legendary festival shows no signs of letting us down with their line-up filled with eclectic stories and diverse talent. The New York Film Academy community is represented strongly in this year’s line-up with talented alumni and faculty screening films throughout the festival.

    Among our alumni films is Wes Schlagenhauf Is Dying, co-written and directed by NYFA Filmmaking alum Parker Seaman and in the titular role is Wes Schlagenhauf himself, a NYFA 1-Year Screenwriting alum. Wes Schlagenhauf Is Dying is a timely film, highlighting the importance of laughter in moments of crisis. After their friend Wes Schlagenhauf contracts COVID-19, aspiring filmmakers Parker Seaman and Devin Das decide that the best gift for their ailing pal would be a personalized video message from indie maverick Mark Duplass. But this present ignites an artistic fire in the two of them that turns selfish once they both realize that there is potential for money and fame. Setting off on a road trip to Wes’ Idaho home with a cheap camera, a couple of maps, and a Little-Miss-Sunshine-esque van, Parker and Dev decide to make the next great American indie on the way.

    A still from Wes Schlagenhauf Is Dying. Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
    Also premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this year is NYFA Documentary instructor Lizzie Gottlieb’s documentary Turn the Page. The film focuses on the relationship between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro and his long-standing editor and literary giant Robert Gottlieb as they work on their final collaboration. Lizzie Gottlieb provides a unique and intimate lens through which the audience experiences up-close the writing processes and personalities of two brilliant individuals.

    A picture of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb. Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
    Finally, NYFA Acting for Film instructor Blanche Baker appears and is interviewed in The Wild One, a documentary by French director and producer Tessa Lousie-Salome. The documentary surrounds actor, director and producer, Jack Garfein, who is Blanche Baker’s late father. The Wild One is competing among other films in the documentary category at Tribeca Film Festival this year.

    Still from The Wild One. Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
    The Wild One dives into the life and work of Jack Garfein, co-founder of the Actor’s Studio and who survived 11 concentration camps before coming to the United States. Once in the United States, Garfein studied at the Dramatic Workshop before becoming the first theater director to be inducted into the Actor’s Studio. During his time at the Studio, Garfein worked alongside Paul Newman to bring Method Acting to the West Coast and collaborated with icons like Elia Kazan and George Stevens on landmark films like Baby Doll.

    The film’s director Tessa Lousie-Salome has a history of documentaries about key figures in culture, art and music at her production studio Petite Maison Productions. With The Wild One, Salome and Petite Maison Productions continue to delve into the lives of icons by exploring art as a survival mechanism through the life of Jack Garfein.

    Crickett Rumley, Senior Director of the Film Festival Department at NYFA says, ​”Filmmakers around the world dream of premiering their films at a festival of Tribeca’s caliber. I’m so excited for Lizzie, Wes and Parker, and Blanche and can’t wait to see where these films go next.”


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    The New York Film Academy congratulates our alumni Wes Schlagenhauf and Parker Seaman, and faculty Lizzie Gottlieb and Blanche Baker for their participation and contribution to Tribeca Film Festival 2022!


    Please note: NYFA does not represent that these are typical or guaranteed career outcomes. The success of our graduates in any chosen professional pathway depends on multiple factors, and the achievements of NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances.


    June 7, 2022 • Film Festivals • Views: 281

  • NYFA Documentary Filmmaking Instructor Lizzie Gottlieb Featured by ‘Insider’ to Talk About New Film “Turn Every Page”


    NYFA Documentary instructor Lizzie Gottlieb has been directing film and theater in New York for the past couple of decades. As a director, Gottlieb has worked with Peter Dinklage, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Amy Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Justin Kirk, Francie Swift, Josh Hamilton, Sara Ramirez, and more. Recently, Gottlieb got to work with another talent, notable editor, writer, and father to Gottlieb, Robert Gottlieb.

    (L-R) Robert Gottlieb and Robert Caro (Photo courtesy of Lizzie Gottlieb)

    The documentary, Turn Every Page, follows Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro and his 50-year argument and relationship with his editor, Robert Gottlieb (Robert), as they work towards completing a final book. The documentary from Gottlieb is an ode to the work of Caro and Robert over the last 50 years as Robert (89) awaits Caro (85) to complete his much-anticipated fifth volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson.

    “They are not slowing down because of their age,” Gottlieb told Insider in an interview about the project. “I think they both feel the enormous weight to finish [the final LBJ] book. I very much wanted this to be a story about them finishing their life’s work, not just a retrospective of their lives and how impressive they are.”

    The documentary film will also feature interviews from Ethan Hawke, Conan O’Brien, The New Yorker editor David Remnick, and former president Bill Clinton, who will make remarks of the impact of Caro and Rober’s work over the past 50 years. Gottlieb shared that most of the filming of the documentary was completed before the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the interview featuring former president Clinton was done recently over Zoom.


    NYFA instructor Lizzie Gottlieb

    Gottlieb is also known for her documentary Today’s Man, which aired on PBS and screened at festivals and conferences all over the world. Her film Romeo, Romeo was honored with the prestigious Excellence in Documentary Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association (NLGJA).  

    New York Film Academy congratulates Documentary Filmmaking instructor Lizzie Gottlieb on her latest achievement, Turn Every Page, and encourages everyone to check out her latest documentary when it becomes available later this year. 


    March 2, 2021 • Documentary Filmmaking, Entertainment News, Faculty Highlights • Views: 2067

  • NLGJA’s Excellence in Documentary Award Winner is “Romeo Romeo” by NYFA’s Lizzie Gottlieb


    The prestigious Excellence in Documentary Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association (NLGJA) has been awarded to “Romeo, Romeo,” a documentary feature directed by New York Film Academy documentary faculty member Lizzie Gottlieb, who produced the film together with Eden Wurmfeld and NYFA President Michael J. Young. NYFA documentary alumna Eliana Álvarez Martínez was a camera operator.

    “Romeo Romeo” follows a married lesbian couple, Lexy and Jessica, throughout their poignant  struggles with infertility as they navigate the heavy costs, medical procedures, and reproductive technology to pursue their dream of growing their family. The film aired on PBS’s “America Reframed.” World Channel, which hosts the show, notes that more than 6.5 million American women struggle with fertility issues.

    The NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards have recognized and promoted fantastic excellent coverage of issues related to the LGBTQ+ community since 1993.

    NLGJA President Jen Christensen has said, “We are thrilled each year by the work that is nominated for NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards, and this year was no different. All of the award recipients are doing their fair share to advance NLGJA’s mission of promoting fair and accurate LGBTQ coverage, and it is our privilege to recognize their outstanding work.”

    The Excellence in Documentary Award will be presented at the NLGJA convention this September in Philadelphia. “Romeo Romeo” will air again Oct. 24, 2017.