Penny Lane is a documentary filmmaker (also: video artist, film critic and film programmer) who makes films that are both smart and fun. Her work has shown at Rotterdam, AFI FEST, MoMA's "Documentary Fortnight", San Francisco International Film Festival, DOXA, Big Sky, Oberhausen and other festivals. A 2012 Creative Capital grantee, Penny has also been awarded grants from Cinereach, TFI Documentary Fund, Jerome Foundation, LEF Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, IFP and Puffin Foundation. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2012 and "Most Badass!" at the Iowa City Documentary Film Festival in 2009.
Her most recent film Our Nixon (to be released in 2013) has garnered press from MSBNC, NBC Nightly News, BBC World, The Wall Street Journal,Entertainment Weekly, IndieWire and Filmmaker Magazine.
She is also in production on NUTS!, an animated documentary about an eccentric snake oil salesman who built an empire using goat testicles and a million watt radio station; and The Rules of Evidence, a feature length essay film about the history, theory and practice of the legal use of film and video as evidence. Her 2005 documentary The Abortion Diaries has become a touchstone work in the movement to destigmatize abortion, having screened in almost every U.S. state and worldwide.
She has taught film, video and new media at Williams, Bard and Hampshire. Lane received her BA from Vassar College and her MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. And yes: Penny Lane is her real name.