Lanie Zipoy is a Memphis-born, New York-based director and creative producer working in film and theater. She has studied and worked in many fields — genetics, fashion, the healing arts, and sports. She has also served as a volunteer tutor for over 1,000 New York City children through East Harlem Tutorial Program and New York Cares. Both organizations have recognized her with their highest honors. Lanie’s diverse interests have led her to produce and curate film and theatrical projects on a variety of subjects. Her theater projects have been nominated for Bessie and Lucille Lortel awards.
Lanie’s feature film directorial debut, The Subject, stars Jason Biggs, Emmy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis, Anabelle Acosta, Carra Patterson, Nile Bullock and Caleb Eberhardt. The film won Best Narrative Feature Film awards from Lighthouse International Film Festival, DC Black Film Festival, BronzeLens Film Festival and The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. Lanie took home Best Director Awards from The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and the Newark International Film Festival and was given the Mira Nair Rising Female Filmmaker Award from the Harlem International Film Festival. Jason Biggs and Aunjanue Ellis have each received multiple awards for their performances in the film.
Her other indie film credits include the feature April Flowers (directed by Christopher Tedrick and starring Celina Jade and Keir Dullea); the feature documentary Dog Camp; the short film Kid Sister (also co-director) and legendary producer Ben Barenholtz’s feature film debut Alina, starring Russian award-winning actress Darya Ekamasova. Lanie also produced George R. Carr’s experimental short film A Body Without A Head (New FilmMakers, Soho House) and has directed commercials, including for Monument in London.
Lanie’s select theater credits include Laura Marks’ Bethany, starring America Ferrera (Associate Producer, WP Theater; 2 Lucille Lortel nominations); Recent Cutbacks’ Hold On To Your Butts (Second City Training Center) and KEVIN!!!!!; Emmy Award-winner Ted Greenberg’s ACE (Annenberg Center, Philadelphia; Off-Broadway); and the Brooklyn premieres of Caroline, or Change and August Wilson’s Jitney.
Lanie was the co-founder and producing director of Voices Inside/Out, a theatrical exchange program that supports the playwriting program and the professional playwriting residency at a medium security prison in Kentucky. Participating actors included Michael Shannon, Michael Chernus, Ashlie Atkinson, Teddy Sears, John Finn, Ron Canada and many more.
Lanie directed the play Kid Sister, starring Dominique Fishback (Night Comes On, Deuce, The Hate U Give) and Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Joker), in some of their earliest roles in 2007.
Lanie produced a Memphis Jookin’ performance, starring Daniel “DPKOM”Price, Ryan “The Mind” Haskett and Lil Buck, at an art loft in TriBeCa (NYC), which earned a Bessie Award nomination for best dance performance.
Lanie also produced 7 Sins in 60 Minutes, a collaboratively created devised piece by Cheryl L. Davis, Chisa Hutchinson, Anne Phelan, Natalia Naman, Melisa Tien, Paula Cizmar, Olga de la Fuente and Melanie Sutherland, at HERE and the Philly Fringe.
Lanie was a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2012-2014 Lab at WP Theater, NYC. She has written for The Huffington Post. Her novel Me and the Moon was one of six finalists for The Write Stuff through MTV Books/Simon & Schuster. She is a member of New York Women in Film and Television, Filmshop, Film Fatales and The FilmMakeHers.