British film director, cinematographer and producer Lucy Walker is most recognized for her recent work in documentary filmmaking.
Walker was initially educated at the University of Oxford, where she directed theater while focusing on English Language and Literature, earning first class honors. She attended the graduate film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts after winning a Fulbright Scholarship. Walker directed a number of short films and won a contest to direct a music video for the Cowboy Junkies before receiving her MFA from NYU.
From 1998 to 2001, Walker directed episodes of the award-winning childrenâ€™s television program Blues Clues. In 2001 and 2002, she was nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Series.
In 2002, HBO, Wellspring and Channel 4 financed Walkerâ€™s first feature-length documentary, Devil's Playground - Amish Teenagers in the Modern World. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and chronicled a group of Amish teenagers going through Rumspringa, the Amish rite of passage. At the age of 16, Amish youth are allowed to enter the "English World" before deciding if they want to be baptized as adults in the Amish community. Many of the filmâ€™s teenage subjects were filmed experimenting with the pleasures and problems of the non-Amish world, including engaging in partying, drinking, drug use and sexual relationships. The Devils Playground won many awards, including three Emmys for Best Editing, Best Directing and Best Documentary.
Walker was named one of Filmmaker Magazineâ€™s â€œTop 25 New Faces In Independent Film" in 2002. Her most recent project is Blindsight, an inspiring documentary that follows six blind Tibetan teenagers on an adventure to climb a 23,000-foot high Himalayan mountain. The film has won Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2006 AFI Fest and the 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film was also nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary.