Hannah Leshaw

Hannah Leshaw is a Bronx-based writer and director. Her first three short films, partially funded by the Bronx Council on the Arts, screened internationally at film festivals including the Female Eye, Big Apple, FLICKERS, and BendFilm. She is currently in development for her first feature “Amara, 15,” about a 15-year-old Bronx teenager struggling to escape her father’s sexual abuse without leaving her two little sisters behind. The project placed in the top 6% of the 201 7 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting and is currently in the Second Round of the 2018 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Hannah was also a finalist for the 2017 Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) Writers Room Fellowship based on her pilot for an original scripted series, “Where You’ll Keep Me.” Hannah is the co-founder of The Bronx Filmmakers Collective and a member of Cinefemme, a collective of female directors.

Matthew Thorburn

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Lauren Shapiro

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