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Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson

Assistant Professor of Film

B.A., University of California, BerkeleyM.F.A., New York University


Professor Lisa Robinson works as a screenwriter and director. Her feature project "Synapse" received the Sloan Foundation Feature Production Award and is in development with Salty Features. Her writing includes "Mind Blast," an IMAX film for the Blue Man Group that is currently in pre-production. She is also the co-writer and director of 'Sparks," a Web-based serial about humans and technology that is syndicated by the Sundance Channel. She has written and directed three short films that have screened at film festivals around the world including Cannes-Directors Fortnight, Telluride, Edinburgh and Clermont Ferrand. She is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Prize, the Digital Media Lab Award for Excellence (Japan) and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She earned an M.F.A. from New York University’s graduate program in film directing.


Film Production, Screenwriting, Directing


  • Co-creator, “Sparks,” Webisode syndicated by the Sundance Channel (2008-2009)
  • Writer, “Mind Blast” (IMAX feature, in pre-production)
  • Director/writer, short films including “Breaker” (2001), “Head Stand” (2000), “Heads, Tires & Other Studies” (1997)


  • Recipient, Sloan Foundation Feature Production Award
  • Recipient, Newman’s Own Fellowship – Yaddo
  • Recipient, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
  • Recipient, Martin E. Segal Prize for Excellence in Film
  • Recipient, Lew Wasserman Fellowship
  • Recipient, Gold Prize and Kodak Award, New York Expo
  • Finalist, Wasserman Award
  • Recipient, Martin Scorsese Post Award
  • Recipient, Mitsubishi (Japan) Digital Media Lab Grant
  • Recipient, Clive J. Davis Award

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