Academy Award Nominee Lucy Walker to visit UNI for Documentary Film Series

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Documentary filmmaker and two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker will visit the University of Northern Iowa April 7 and 8 to screen five of her works.

Walker will screen and discuss the following films, all in Lang Hall Auditorium:

April 7, 2014, 7 p.m., The Crash Reel

April 7, 2014, 9 p.m., Waste Land

April 8, 2014, 6 p.m., The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

April 8, 2014, 7:15 p.m., Countdown to Zero

April 8, 2014, 9:15 p.m. Devil's Playground

Lucy Walker is a British film director who twice has been nominated for an Academy Award. Her films include feature documentaries The Crash Reel(2013), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), Blindsight (2006), Devil's Playground (2002) and short films, notably The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011) and The Lion's Mouth Opens (2014). Her films have also been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit and a Gotham Award and have won over eighty other film awards. The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom  was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary, Short Subjects. Waste Land was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary, Feature.

Lucy grew up in London, England, and graduated from Oxford University before winning a Fulbright scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at NYU. She began her career by directing theatre and musical theater, winning awards at Oxford for her productions, and while living in New York she also had a career as a DJ.

Walker is the third visiting filmmaker in the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series. The goal of the series is to bring the world's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communication Studies, and supported by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and many Friends of the Series. The Series is directed by David O’Shields, filmmaker-in-residence and adjunct instructor in the department.

All screening events are free and open to the public. For more information, also see lucywalkerfilm.comwww.imdb.com/name/nm1013671/ and www.uni.edu/commstudies/clohesy-documentary-film-series.