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Leah Mahan

Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker in California.

Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker who has won multiple awards including a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement from the Directors Guild of America for SWEET OLD SONG (2002), about Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, an old-time string band musician who undertakes a bittersweet journey with the woman he loves. The film aired on the PBS P.O.V. series. Leah is currently making TURKEY CREEK, about a group of determined Mississippians who struggle to save their endangered Gulf Coast community in the face of rampant development, industrial pollution and disaster. In 2011 she attended the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab as a Fellow working on a rough cut of TURKEY CREEK. In 2010 she developed a new media project related to the film called BRIDGE THE GULF, which was workshopped at the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies and presented at the Media That Matters conference. Leah is also executive producer of GAINING GROUND, a sequel to her first film, HOLDING GROUND (1996), about a grassroots effort to revitalize Boston’s most devastated neighborhood. Leah began her career as a research assistant for filmmaker Henry Hampton on the groundbreaking PBS series on the civil rights movement EYES ON THE PRIZE. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, Independent Television Service, Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She holds a BA in anthropology from Cornell University and an MFA in cinema from San Francisco State University.

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