Liz Mermin

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Liz is a director and producer (sometimes self-shooting and editing), a New Yorker settled permanently in London (US & UK passports) with a strong and varied track record directing/producing/editing around the world. Her work includes 7 feature docs, a Netflix series, five BBC Storyvilles, network-TV specials, original series, branded content, and shorts. Liz is very experienced in directing and shooting observational material on sensitive and complex topics as well as high-end creative studio shoots and VFX. She is particularly interested in current affairs, science, and culture/society. She can self-shoot, edit, and edit produce. Liz also spent three years as as Executive Producer establishing the short-documentary division to cover humanitarian stories for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She returned to directing in 2017.

Liz’s own website

Some of Liz’s films:

BABIES Director. 12-part Netflix Originals series (forthcoming).
Documentary series combining observational footage with families, neuroscientists and developmental psychologists, and high-end studio and VFX shoots. Nutopia for Netflix.

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STORYVILLE - HORSES (alt title RACEHORSES) Director, co-Editor.
“Gripping & just a little odd” View London
Documentary feature about a year in the life of three charismatic Irish racehorses. Cinema release at London’s ICA, international festivals, global broadcast. Shortlisted for 2010 Grierson Award, cinema doc. West Park Pictures for BBC/Storyville, Irish Film Board, RTE.

STORYVILLE - UP FOR DEBATE: TEAM QATAR Director, Producer, co-Editor.
“Absolutely Lovely” The Guardian
Documentary feature & 1 hour doc about school debate team from the world’s richest country. Premiered @ Tribeca Film Festival, *Best Feature* award, Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Acquired by PBS and other international broadcasters. Drive Thru Pictures/Merminfilm for BBC/Storyville.

STORYVILLE - SHOT IN BOMBAY Director, co-Editor.
“Riveting” The Financial Times
Documentary feature about Bollywood, crime and punishment in Bombay, and a superstar accused of terrorism. Cinema release at London’s ICA, followed by UK theatrical tour, festivals screenings, and international broadcast. Little Bird for BBC/Storyville, Sundance Channel.

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STORYVILLE - OFFICE TIGERS Director, Producer, Editor.
“Engrossing” Time Out
Documentary feature & 4x30 series about American-owned outsourcing company in India. Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Drive Thru Pictures for BBC/Storyville, Sundance Channel, DR.

STORYVILLE - THE BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL (2004) Director, Producer, Editor. “Wonderful” LA Times
Documentary feature about an American-run beauty school in Afghanistan. US extended cinema/theatrical release. Premiered @ Tribeca Film Festival, various festival awards. Broadcast internationally. Magic Lantern Media for BBC/Storyville.

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AMAZING AZERBAIJAN! Director, Writer. Documentary feature & TV hour filmed in run-up to Eurovision 2012 in Baku, contrasting Azerbaijan's glitzy image with a grim human rights record through personal stories. Broadcast in 9 countries during Eurovision. Played many film festivals and featured in Britdoc-supported outreach campaign. Crowhill Films for YLE, DR.

WHAT BRITS LOVE Director, Editor. 4x45 original series about passions of the Brits, presented by Ben Lewis. Directed episodes on British Sense of Humour, Estate Agents. BLTV for ARTE.

AMERICAN TALENT Director, Editor. One-hour doc about exceptional high-school artists who received the prestigious Presidential Scholars award. Haft Entertainment for PBS.
AFGHAN BEAUTY SCHOOL
Director, Writer, Editor. TV-hour about Afghanistan's first post- Taliban beauty school. Magic Lantern Media for the Discovery Channel.

PARKING LOT Director, Producer, Editor. 6x30 original series about obsessive fan culture around the US. @radical media for Trio/Bravo.

REPORT FROM GROUND ZERO Producer, Co-editor. Two-hour documentary special about rescue workers at the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, aired on the first anniversary. Cast and conducted all filmed interviews. @radical media for ABC.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: THE REAL SADDAM Producer. One-hour documentary bio of Saddam Hussein. New York Times Television for the Discovery Channel.

BODY OF EVIDENCE: FROM THE CASE FILES OF DAYLE HINMAN Director & Editor. 60min pilot for an original doc series about a glamourous criminal personality profiler cracking tough cases. Moxie Firecracker for Pearson Entertainment & Court TV.

SIXTEEN Producer, Co-director. An original 4x60 series about the lives of teenage girls in America. Worked on two episodes, about national-level teenage athletes and about girls and sex. Moxie Firecracker for the Oxygen Network.

ON HOSTILE GROUND Director / Producer / Camera / Editor (/ Jenny Raskin). “Pithy” The Village Voice Documentary feature about three US abortion providers at a time of extreme anti-abortion violence. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation and other foundation grants. NY theatrical release, Sundance Channel acquisition. Aubin Pictures.