Lisa Merton

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Lisa Merton has been collaborating with filmmaker Alan Dater since 1988. Their award-winning films focus on the arts, social issues and education.

Their films include HOME TO TIBET, about a Tibetan refugee's return to his homeland; BRIDGE OF FIRE, about two potters, one a Japanese and the other a fellow Vermonter, which was shown at the Museum of Modern Art and won the award for Best Media Work at The Montréal Festival of Films on Art, and a Cine Golden Eagle; WOLF KAHN: LANDSCAPE PAINTER, which won a Cine Golden Eagle; and THE WORLD IN CLAIRE'S CLASSROOM, about a veteran Vermont public school teacher's extraordinary vision of teaching children to appreciate diversity and to respect themselves and others. Their most recent documentary, TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI, became part of the New Day Collection in 2008. TAKING ROOT aired nationally on Independent Lens. It won the Audience Award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto and the Amnesty International Human Rights Award at the Durban, South Africa, Film Festival as well as many other awards.

New Day Films by Lisa Merton

Awards & Accolades

Audience Award, Hot Docs
Best Documentary, Asheville Film Festival
Best Documentary, Mendocino Film Festival
Nashville Women in Film & Television Award for Best Feature Length Film Directed or Co-Directed by a Woman
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