Joanna Lipper is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and author. Based in London, she runs Vertumnus Productions.
Current projects Lipper is developing to direct include a feature film adaptation of the novel Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀. Joanna Lipper’s most recent documentary, The Supreme Price, traced the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. The New York Times called The Supreme Price “A Door Into Africa’s Recent History.” The Guardian included it on a list of “Five Best Political Films in African Cinema.” The film received the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award and was named Best Documentary at Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). The film was nominated for a Grierson Award and an African Movie Academy Award.
Lipper’s work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, ITVS, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies, IFP Spotlighting Documentaries, Britdoc Foundation and The Fledgling Fund. An extended trailer from The Supreme Price was commissioned to launch Gucci’s Chime for Change Women’s Empowerment Campaign at TED 2013 and globally. Impact and outreach campaign events related to the film were conducted in partnership with Women for Women International, Vital Voices and the U.N which distributed the film in Europe in their Ciné Onu Programme. The film was released theatrically and broadcast on television in over fifty countries. Previous films Joanna Lipper has produced and directed include the award-winning documentary, Inside Out: Portraits of Children, Growing Up Fast and Little Fugitive.
As a Lecturer at Harvard, Joanna Lipper taught Using Film For Social Change (2011 – 2015). She is currently a Research Associate at African Studies Centre, University of Oxford and an Academic Visitor at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She has a B.A from Harvard in Literature and Film, an M.Sc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from University College London, and a PhD in Women’s Studies. For more info please visit: www.joannalipper.com