Penny Lane

Penny Lane is a documentary filmmaker and video artist living in New York. Her videos have screened at Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam, AFI FEST, Impakt, Antimatter, San Francisco Int'l Film Festival, Images Festival, FLEX (Florida Experimental Film Festival), Experiments in Cinema, The Media That Matters Film Festival, Seattle Int'l Film Festival, Women in the Director's Chair, Select Media Festival, Dallas Video Festival, MOMA's "Documentary Fortnight," Santa Fe Art Institute, Ruffino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City, InterFilm Berlin, and many other venues.

Penny has been awarded production assistance from the LEF Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, IFP, the Puffin Foundation and Dutchess County Arts Council. She was recently named "Most Badass!" at the Iowa City Documentary Film Festival. She has also received awards from New Orleans Int'l Human Rights Film Festival, Athens Int'l Film and Video Festival, Luksuz Festival of Cheap Film, Choice USA, and Carolina Film/Video Festival.

Her 2005 documentary film THE ABORTION DIARIES, presenting the stories of twelve women's experiences with abortion, has become an important organizing and educational tool across the nation. THE ABORTION DIARIES has screened in 42 states at over 200 different community venues, ranging from bars to art centers to clinics to colleges, and also airs internationally on Yes! Television and Free Speech TV.

From 2003-2009, Penny was a core producer of the Hudson-Mohawk Indymedia and a programmer/volunteer/organizer of The Sanctuary for Independent Media, two groups dedicated to challenging the assumptions of the mainstream media by producing and presenting independent media for diverse audiences. With Hudson-Mohawk Indymedia, she co-produced the award-winning documentary INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN A TIME OF WAR, narrated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

She earned her MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her BA in American Culture and Media Studies at Vassar College. She has taught video and new media at Hampshire College and Williams College. Currently she is the programmer for the Flaherty NYC series at Anthology Film Archives, showcasing risk-taking nonfiction films.

And yes, Penny Lane is her real name.


The Silent Majority (1972)

2011, 14:30 minutes, colour, English

How To Write An Autobiography

2010, 03:45 minutes, colour, English

The Voyagers

2010, 16:30 minutes, colour, English

The Commoners

2009, 12:30 minutes, English

2008, 26:18 minutes, English

The Wren

2007, 03:52 minutes, English

Men Seeking Women

2007, 04:19 minutes, English

She used to see him most weekends

2007, 04:11 minutes, English

The Abortion Diaries

2005, 30:12 minutes, English

Kitsch is a beautiful lie

2004, 01:48 minutes, English

We Are The Littletons: A True Story

2004, 10:08 minutes, English

Critical Writing

A Strong Crop of Images: The 21st Images Festival expands its...
by Norman Wilner. NOW, Apr. 3, 2008, v. 27, no. 31.