Lana Wilson

Lana Wilson
Workshop Instructor

Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Lana Wilson is a New York-based writer, director, and producer. Her feature documentary After Tiller went inside the lives of the four most-targeted abortion providers in the country, and was critically acclaimed for providing a moving and complex look at one of the most incendiary issues of our time. After Tiller premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, and went on to be theatrically released by Oscilloscope Laboratories in 50 North American cities. After Tiller was nationally broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV, and recently won the 2015 News and Documentary Emmy Award for Best Documentary.

After Tiller was also nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, four Cinema Eye Honors, a Satellite Award, and the Ridenhour Prize. It was named one of the five best documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review, and featured in “Best of 2013” lists in the LA Times, Village Voice, Indiewire, Artforum, and more. Flavorwire recently named it one of the “50 Best Documentaries of All Time.”

Wilson’s new film, The Departure, currently in post-production, tells the story of a remarkable Zen priest doing suicide prevention work in Japan. It is being executive produced by Lilly Hartley (The Queen of Versailles) and Mike Lerner (The Square), shot by Emily Topper (After Tiller), and edited by David Teague (Cutie and the Boxer). Wilson also recently wrote an episode of the forthcoming National Geographic miniseries Story of Vice. Wilson was previously the Film and Dance Curator at Performa, the New York biennial of new visual art performance. She holds a BA in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University, where she graduated with honors.