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Lucy Walker

Has directed four award-winning feature documentaries: Devil's Playground (premiered at Sundance 2002), Blindsight (premiered Toronto 2006), Waste Land and Countdown to Zero (which both premiered at Sundance 2010). In 2011 Lucy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary for directing Waste Land, the story of artist Vik Muniz's transformational project with recyclable materials-pickers in the largest landfill in the world, in Rio. The film won over 30 other awards including the Audience Awards at Sundance and Berlin and the IDA's Best Documentary Award. Recognition for Devil's Playground, about the struggles of Amish teenagers, included three Emmy nominations for Best Documentary, Best Editing, and Best Documentary. Blindsight, about blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer, blind educator Sabriye Tenberken and their expedition leading blind Tibetan students up Mount Everest won many festival awards and was shortlisted for the Academy Award. Lucy grew up in London, England, and studied language and literature at Oxford University, where she directed award-winning theatrical productions before winning a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the MFA graduate film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She was also a DJ and previously directed Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, for which she was twice nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing.