Lisa Gildehaus is a Midwestern documentary producer, director, cinematographer and sometimes, rather unwillingly, an editor.
She has been a primary creative force behind several documentaries, including ORACLE OF OMAHA about billionaire Warren Buffett; ALMOST HOME, about life in an elder care facility that aired nationally on PBS as part of the 2006 Independent Lens series; Y’ALL VERSUS US: HEAD 2 HEAD, a 10-part documentary series about 2 rival high school football teams in rural Mississippi; and TOWN AND COUNTRY, a film about farm kids and their livestock - and the ever-dwindling space for farmers in America.
Her producing and directing clients include: the University of Minnesota, Marquette University, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Wilson Sports, and McDonalds. In 2010, her work won a CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), a One Show Entertainment Award, and accolades in the Wall Street Journal (November 2010).
Gildehaus has produced and filmed in Tanzania, Haiti, Australia, New Zealand, the former Yugoslavia and throughout America and Europe. She is conversationally fluent in Czech, has a working knowledge of French and Italian, and is learning German. She was one of 12 international filmmakers accepted in the HotDocs Film Festival’s DocLab in 2009. In 2010, she has been shooting a series of documentary shorts exploring the artistry and craftsmanship of Venice, Italy. Most recently, she was selected from almost 4,000 applicants to participate in the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus that runs concurrent to the Berlin Film Festival.
She is currently working on an untitled project with filmmaker Peter Gilbert.