( 1979 -
Tarihi: 04/12/1979 Yeri: San Francisco, California, ABD
Leah Meyerhoff wrote and directed the magical realist feature film I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS starring Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack, which was released theatrically after premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from the Tribeca Film Institute, San Francisco Film Society, Woodstock Film Festival, and Adrienne Shelly Foundation.Described by Variety as "a sensitively observed and arrestingly impressionistic drama that feels at once deeply personal and easily accessible," I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS was a New York Times Critics' Pick and has a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The LA Times called it "a teen movie made for an adult audience" and The Village Voice proclaimed "the performances are strong, the imaginary visions are suggestive and fleeting, and the film as a whole is swoony, tender, skittish, a little scary - in short, this is what young love feels like. More Meyerhoff please!"Leah Meyerhoff's previous short film TWITCH won a Slamdance Grand Jury Prize and was shortlisted for the Student Academy Awards. After screening in over one hundred film festivals worldwide, TWITCH was broadcast by PBS and profiled in Nanette Burstein's IFC series FILM SCHOOL. Meyerhoff has since directed a branded short for Converse and several music videos including TEAM QUEEN for Triple Creme, ETERNAL FLAME for Joan as Police Woman and LIKE OUR FATHERS for Luff, which have aired on LOGO and MTV.Nominated for a Gotham Award, Meyerhoff was one of eight filmmakers selected for IFP's Emerging Narrative Labs and one of ten participants in the IFP Narrative Finishing Lab, where she received the Panasonic Emerging Filmmaker Award and the Adrienne Shelly Director's Award. She is also a fellow of the Tribeca All Access Labs and the Emerging Visions program at the New York Film Festival. Meyerhoff is a Tribeca Film Institute mentor and has lectured at New York Film Academy, Tisch School of the Arts, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Meyerhoff is also the founder of FILM FATALES, a non-profit organization which advocates for parity in the film industry and supports hundreds of women and non-binary feature filmmakers around the world. She holds a BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in Directing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she was a recipient of the Dean's Fellowship.