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Liz Mermin

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I'm a director from New York permanently settled in London (US & UK passports) with twenty years of directing/producing/editing experience in the US and UK. I have directed seven feature docs, five for BBC's Storyville strand, all of which have been well-reviewed and played numerous festivals and three of which were released in cinema... Read More

I'm a director from New York permanently settled in London (US & UK passports) with twenty years of directing/producing/editing experience in the US and UK. I have directed seven feature docs, five for BBC's Storyville strand, all of which have been well-reviewed and played numerous festivals and three of which were released in cinemas, and many/diverse hours and series. My work is character-driven and often has an element of humour, despite taking on serious and often very sensitive topics. I love directing a range of genres (including current affairs, science, arts/culture, politics, and sport) in a variety of styles and have filmed around the world. I've done work for Netflix, BBC, Discovery, PBS, Arte, and many other channels in the US and internationally. I've interviewed all kinds of people, including world-class scientists, torture victims, rescue-workers, young children, and horse trainers. I am happy embracing existing formats or developing ideas from scratch, enjoy working in big teams and being almost entirely independent in equal measure. I am a proficient editor and a confident self-shooter, have a track record of receiving funded development, and have executive produced a range of work. I'm also a documentary judge, most recently for the Emmys short documentary category. I've published a number of articles and reviews on a variety of global topics, and have taught filmmaking at the NFTS, UCL, and Met Film School, and presented my work / given talks at many universities internationally, including Cambridge, LSE, Harvard, and NYU. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 31st Aug 2019

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Director / First Ladies (Michelle Obama / Nancy Reagan) / CNN / October Films / Dec 2018 to present
DirectorFirst Ladies (Michelle Obama / Nancy Reagan)CNNOctober Films Dec 18 - to present
Director / Netflix Originals series (title TBC) / Netflix / Nutopia / Aug 2017 to Jul 2018 / Netflix
DirectorNetflix Originals series (title TBC)NetflixNutopia Aug 17 - Jul 18Netflix
Executive Producer / Thomson Reuters Foundation / Jun 2014 to Jul 2017
Executive ProducerThomson Reuters Foundation Jun 14 - Jul 17
Producer/Director / Amazing Azerbaijan! / ARTE / Crow Hill Films / Jan 2012 to Dec 2012
Producer/DirectorAmazing Azerbaijan!ARTECrow Hill Films Jan 12 - Dec 12
Director / Storyville: Horses / BBC 4 / West Park Pictures / Oct 2007 to Dec 2009 / Nick Fraser
DirectorStoryville: HorsesBBC 4West Park Pictures Oct 07 - Dec 09Nick Fraser
Producer/Director / Storyville: Team Qatar / BBC 4 / Drive Thru Pictures / Apr 2009 to Dec 2009 / Nick Fraser
Producer/DirectorStoryville: Team QatarBBC 4Drive Thru Pictures Apr 09 - Dec 09Nick Fraser
Director / Storyville: Shot in Bombay / BBC 4 / Little Bird / Jan 2008 to Dec 2008 / Nick Fraser
DirectorStoryville: Shot in BombayBBC 4Little Bird Jan 08 - Dec 08Nick Fraser
Producer/Director / Storyville: Office Tigers / BBC 4 / Drive Thru Pictures / Jan 2006 to Dec 2006 / Nick Fraser
Producer/DirectorStoryville: Office TigersBBC 4Drive Thru Pictures Jan 06 - Dec 06Nick Fraser
Producer/Director / Storyville: The Beauty Academy of Kabul / BBC 4 / Magic Lantern Media / Aug 2014 to Aug 2014 / Nick Fraser
Producer/DirectorStoryville: The Beauty Academy of KabulBBC 4Magic Lantern Media Aug 14 - Aug 14Nick Fraser
PD Editor / What Brits Love / ARTE / BLTV / Aug 2011 to Dec 2011
PD EditorWhat Brits LoveARTEBLTV Aug 11 - Dec 11
PD (Self Shooting) / No Exit: Jordan's most vulnerable refugees / Online / Thomson Reuters Foundation / Mar 2017 to Apr 2017 / Reuters
PD (Self Shooting)No Exit: Jordan's most vulnerable refugeesOnlineThomson Reuters Foundation Mar 17 - Apr 17Reuters
PD (Self Shooting) / Be a Man / Online / Thomson Reuters Foundation / Feb 2016 to Apr 2016 / Reuters
PD (Self Shooting)Be a ManOnlineThomson Reuters Foundation Feb 16 - Apr 16Reuters
PD (Self Shooting) / CERN People / Films of Record / Crowhill Films / Mar 2011 to Feb 2013
PD (Self Shooting)CERN PeopleFilms of Record / Crowhill Films Mar 11 - Feb 13
Producer Editor / Report from Ground Zero / radical media / May 2002 to Sep 2002 / ABC
Producer Editor Report from Ground Zeroradical media May 02 - Sep 02ABC
Director / Parking Lot / Other / @radical media (New York) / Jan 2003 to Dec 2003
DirectorParking LotOther@radical media (New York) Jan 03 - Dec 03
Director / Body of Evidence: The Casefiles of Dayle Hinman / Other / Moxie Firecracker Films / Jan 2001 to Sep 2001 / Lynne Kirby
DirectorBody of Evidence: The Casefiles of Dayle HinmanOtherMoxie Firecracker Films Jan 01 - Sep 01Lynne Kirby
Director / Sixteen / Other / Moxie Firecracker Films / Sep 1999 to Jan 2001
DirectorSixteenOtherMoxie Firecracker Films Sep 99 - Jan 01
PD (Self Shooting) / On Hostile Ground / Aubin Pictures / Apr 1998 to Dec 1999
PD (Self Shooting)On Hostile GroundAubin Pictures Apr 98 - Dec 99
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
2-day Hostile Environment / Reuters / 2016
2-day Hostile EnvironmentReuters2016

Liz Mermin is a superb documentary director and film-maker. She shoots effectively and stylishly herself and is also a superb editor. Her track record - from a film about women from post-Taliban Afghanistan learning the skills of make-up and styling, to racehorses in Ireland, are among the most memorable feature documentaries of the last decade.

She is also a terrific team player and shooting PD, who worked with and for me on my presenter-led Arte series "What Brits Love.

Her faults? she will stop at nothing to produce the highest quality documentary that can be extracted from the budget.

Ben Lewis, Director-Producer

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Feature Film

    Commercials

    Online Content

    Other

  • Locations I can work in:

    London

  • Language:

    French (Conversational)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Commentary Writing

    Safeguarding Trust

    Script Writing

    Storytelling

    Hostile Environment

    Work Permit USA

  • Technical Skills:

    Avid

    EX1/3

    Final Cut Pro

    Self Shooting

    Sony PMW-200

    Sound Recording

    Studio Experience

    Sony PMW-F5

    Adobe Premiere

  • Awards:

    HORSES shortlisted for Grierson best cinema doc; festival awards
    TEAM QATAR: Best Film Doha Tribeca FIlm Festival
    THE BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL: numerous festival awards

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