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Lucy Walker

Director of Michael Pollan's "How to Change Your Mind" on Netflix & Imperial College London DMTx Participant


Lucy Walker is an Emmy-Winning, twice Oscar-nominated director whose films have won over one hundred awards and is renowned for creating consistently riveting character-driven nonfiction. She has been called “the new Errol Morris” by Hollywood Reporter, and Variety has recognized her unique talent for “nonfiction fare that connects with audiences”.

Her latest feature documentary film Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa won a People’s Choice audience award at Toronto, where it was acquired by Netflix for release in 2024. Also set to be distributed in 2024 is Of Night and Light: The Story of Iboga and Ibogaine, which previewed at Tribeca in 2023. And her Her previous feature films are Bring Your Own Brigade, #5 in the New York Times Top Ten Best Films of 2021, Buena Vista Social Club Adios (2017), Emmy-winning Cinema Eye-winning The Crash Reel (2013), IDA-winning Oscar-nominated DGA-nominated Sundance-winning Berlin-winning Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), Berlin-winning Blindsight (2006), multiple-Emmy-nominated Independent-Spirit-nominated Devil’s Playground (2002).

She has also created popular award-winning series such as Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women’s Gymnastics (2020), which won an Emmy, and her first directing job was twenty episodes of Nickelodeon’s Blues Clues (1999-2002), for which she received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Direction. She has won several Clios and Golden Lion awards for her branded and advertising work. Her most notable short documentaries include Cinema Eye-winning and Emmy-nominated The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014), David Hockney In The Now which was commissioned by LACMA (2012), and Oscar-nominated and multiple-Emmy-nominated The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011). For Netflix she has also previously executive produced Ram Dass, Going Home (2018), and produced Why Did You Kill Me? (2021).

Walker grew up in London, England and studied literature and graduated from Oxford University with a BA Hons and MA Oxon with top honors, directed theater, and won a Fulbright Scholarship to earn her MFA in Film Directing at NYU’s Tisch Graduate Film Program. In New York she also supported herself through film school with a successful DJ career, as featured on the front cover of The Wire magazine. She is an artist-in-residence at SETI and has worked all over the world and is based between New York, Europe and Venice Beach, where she curates TEDxVeniceBeach.