Lizzie Gottlieb

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs
Areas of Expertise Documentary Filmmaking


Lizzie Gottlieb directs film and theater in New York. Lizzie's most recent film, Turn Every Page - The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb, was released last year by Sony Pictures Classics and played in theaters across the country. The film won several festival awards, was named one of the Five Best Documentaries of the Year by the National Board of Review, and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

Lizzie's first film, Today’s Man, is about her brother who is on the Autism Spectrum. It aired on PBS (Independent Lens). Her film Romeo Romeo, about a young lesbian couple on a quest to have a baby, was also on PBS (America Reframed), and won the NLGJA award for Excellence in Documentary.

She founded and ran an Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to producing new plays at accessible prices. With that company, Pure Orange Productions, she produced and directed plays including Keith Bunin’s The Principality of Sorrows with Robert Sean Leonard, David Lansbury, and Joanna Going; Marking by Patrick Breen, starring Peter Dinklage, Amy Ryan, Aidina Porter, and Maria Tucci. Other productions included Jonathan Marc Sherman's Evolution with Josh Hamilton and Peter Dinklage, Noel Coward's Private Lives with Sara Ramirez, and Fifth Planet by David Auburn with Christina Kirk and Michael Ian Black. Gottlieb directed plays for Naked Angels, New York Stage and Film, malaparte, and Julliard. This summer she directed Amy Herzog's 4,000 Miles at the Berkshire Theater Group, starring her mother, the actress Maria Tucci.

Lizzie teaches Documentary Directing at the New York Film Academy. She is currently working on a film about Vietnam deserters.



Intrepid Four  (in production with Topic Studios)
Turn Every Page - The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb (released by Sony Pictures Classics, 2022)
Romeo Romeo (PBS, America Reframed, 2014)
Today’s Man (PBS, Independent Lens, 2007)


Documentary Filmmaking

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