Lana Wilson is an Emmy Award-winning director known for telling powerful cinematic stories about extraordinary human beings. Her most recent two-part documentary, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and is now on Hulu. Her previous documentary, the Netflix Original Miss Americana, followed Taylor Swift and premiered as Sundance 2020’s Opening Night Film. It was named a “Critic’s Pick” by The New York Times as well as listed in the top five best documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review.
Wilson’s first feature documentary, After Tiller (Sundance 2013), which the National Board of Review also listed as one of the year’s best five, won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary and was nominated in the same category of the Independent Spirit Awards. Additionally, it was nominated for four Cinema Eye Honors, a Satellite Award, and The Ridenhour Prize. The Departure (Tribeca 2017) also received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary and was called “a work of art” by the San Francisco Chronicle, “a genuinely spiritual experience” by the Washington Post, and “tender and moving…like a haiku” by The New York Times.
Wilson is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a graduate of Wesleyan University. She has been the recipient of The Chicken & Egg Award and of artist fellowships from the Sundance Institute, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Film Independent.