In December 2022, we welcomed Award-winning Filmmaker and Scientist Dr. Valerie Weiss as part of The 20/20 Series, created by NYFA’s Creative Director of Filmmaking and Cinematography, Liz Hinlein.

Dr. Valerie Weiss has infused her signature blend of elevated and emotional storytelling into her four feature films and dozens of television episodes. Her work has been called “daringly light” for the way it embraces controversial topics in enchanting ways and spans the genres of action, thriller, drama, science-fiction and comedy. Valerie’s recently released feature film, Mixtape, which she directed for Netflix from a Blacklist-winning script, has scored a coveted 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and ranks as one of the best family films of 2021 according to The Washington Post and Common Sense Media.

Valerie’s recent television work includes directing the finale of the upcoming limited series Echoes (Netflix) for showrunners Brian Yorkey and Quinton Peeples which reached #1 Worldwide on the streamer for more than 10 days, two episodes of Fox’s new Country Music Drama, Monarch, starring Susan Sarandon, and episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and multiple episodes across all seasons of Netflix’s global megahit Outer Banks. Additionally, she directed multiple episodes for several of television’s biggest producers including Shonda Rhimes, Dick Wolf, Greg Berlanti and Marc Cherry. Valerie’s third feature, The Archer, is a feminist coming-of-age action film best described as Thelma and Louise meets First Blood and premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. Her other films have played at a multitude of film festivals and won various awards including the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival and Best Director at the Whistler Film Festival.

A proud member of the DGA, Valerie was recently elected Director Category Representative of the DGA’s Women’s Steering Committee and appointed to the DGA’s new Eco-Committee by President Lesli Linka Glatter. In 2018, Valerie won the top honors in the Fox Filmmaking Lab for her pitch of a female-centric sequel in the Maze Runner franchise called True Maze. She participated in the WeForShe DirectHer Program, and the inaugural DGA Director Development Initiative. Valerie is on the Board of Advisors for the Paperless App Scriptation for which she recently won an Engineering Emmy. She is an alum of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Program and holds a Ph.D. in biophysics and a Masters in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School.

The 20/20 Series is a pop-up event that takes us into the homes, hubs, and workspaces of an array of dynamic creative visionaries to allow for relaxed, engaging conversations on craft, creation, and artistic vision. Each conversation with a creative visionary features 20 minutes of discussion with a moderator and a 20-minute Q&A from YOU, the audience.