Leah Mahan

Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. Sweet Old Song (2002) aired on the PBS series P.O.V. and was selected by Roger Ebert for his Overlooked Film Festival. She served as U.S. Film Envoy for the American Film Showcase, traveling to Indonesia with Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (2013), which aired on the PBS World series America ReFramed. Leah has been a Fellow at Sundance Documentary Editing and Story Lab and Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change, and a Hatchlab Mentor for the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. She got her start as an intern on the PBS series Eyes on the Prize and her first film was Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street (1996). Leah’s work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Independent Television Service and Ford Foundation. She is currently writer and co-producer of Skin of Glass, a feature documentary about the tumultuous recent history of Brazil, through the story of a São Paulo skyscraper that was occupied by hundreds of squatters before it caught fire and collapsed in 2018. Leah is a 2019 Research Fellow with the Center for Environmental Filmmaking.