This conversation with director Liza Mandelup was brought to you by A Female Lens, in partnership with Free The Work. A Female Lens is a podcast spotlighting women in film dedicated to excellence, co-hosted by Jennifer Zahlit + Larkin Bell.
Liza Mandelup is an award winning film director from New York residing in Los Angeles. Starting her career in photography, she has published two photo books and shown her work in numerous exhibitions. She got her start in the industry working as a casting scout, serving as the main street scout for dozens of campaigns, films, and print ads. She studied Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts, and soon after began shooting and directing films. Her short-form directorial debut, "Twinheads", premiered on Dazed Digital, and since then, she has been a long time collaborator for many online platforms such as Vogue, Nowness, i-D, and Dazed, as well as having directed numerous films for many other premiere editorial platforms. She has directed many commercials working with brands like Adidas, Gap, Chanel, Dove, Aveeno, Champs, and Delta Airlines. In 2018, Liza received the prestigious Sundance Documentary Fund grant for her film Jawline which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker. She was named by filmmaker magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in 2018. Jawline is now streaming only on Hulu!
Jawline follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.
For more on Jawline, scroll down to watch the trailer and Liza's interview on digital communities, live broadcasting, and feeling like an alien.