Lucy Walker is a British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. Her films include feature documentaries The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), Blindsight (2006), Devil’s Playground (2002) and short films notably The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011) and The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014). Her films have also been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award and a Gotham Award and have won over eighty other film awards.
Her latest short, The Lion’s Mouth Opens, about a courageous young woman at risk of Huntington’s Disease, premiered at Sundance in 2014. The Crash Reel, about snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s life-changing traumatic brain injury, premiered at Sundance in 2013 and won awards including the Audience Award at SXSW and a Gotham Award nomination for Best Documentary. In 2010 Waste Land and Countdown to Zero both premiered at Sundance – Waste Land went on to win there and in Berlin, and Countdown to Zero went on to screen in Official Selection at Cannes. Blindsight, about blind Tibetan students climbing Everest, premiered at Toronto and won festivals including Berlin. Devil’s Playground, about Amish teenagers, premiered at Sundance and was nominated for three Emmys (Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Editing) and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. She has also been nominated for two Emmys for Outstanding Directing for Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues.
Lucy grew up in London, England, and graduated from Oxford University before winning a Fulbright scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at NYU. She began her career by directing theatre and musical theater, winning awards at Oxford for her productions, and while living in New York she also had a career as a DJ.