Leslie D. Lanier is originally from New Jersey and moved to the borderland almost nine years ago. When she arrived, Leslie had already worked as a model and an actress but saw the void in media as she was constantly being offered roles that were portraying black women in a negative light. This is what prompted Lanier to create space and become a director. In 2018, Leslie made the switch and set out on a new journey as a director and screenwriter. Her goal is to tell stories that some might not normally see in the Borderland and break away from typical storylines usually reserved for female characters, lgbtq, and people of color. In addition to this goal, with a film crew that is 50% female, Leslie also plans to foster and promote more women in media and directing roles. Especially in El Paso, where the crews and directors are very male centric. Leslie began a film mentorship program called the Emerging Filmmaker Program of El Paso. This program mentors young women and other high school students from marginalized communities into becoming filmmakers. The first class of 23 students begins March 7th, 2020.
  • Producer (8 Credits)
    Dreaming Wide Awake2020
    Experimental, Short
    Doll Delirious2019
    Experimental, Short, Other
    Film Femme2019
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
    You're Up2019
    Short
    Be Mime2018
    Short
    Broken Chords2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
    Tell Me Anything2018
    Experimental, Short, Other
    Tell Me Anything Music Video2018
    Music Video
  • Director (6 Credits)
    Dreaming Wide Awake2020
    Experimental, Short
    Doll Delirious2019
    Experimental, Short, Other
    Film Femme2019
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
    You're Up2019
    Short
    Broken Chords2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
    Til Death2018
    Short
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    Dreaming Wide Awake2020
    Experimental, Short
    Film Femme2019
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
    You're Up2019
    Short
    Comic Tripping2018
    Short
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    Broken Chords2018
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Other
  • Cinematography (1 Credit)
    Til Death2018
    Short
  • Assistant Director (1 Credit)
    Tell Me Anything2018
    Experimental, Short, Other
Official Selection
Film Femme
The Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase
Charlotte, NC
2020
Official Selection
Doll Delirious
El Paso Media Fest 2020
El Paso, TX
2020
Official Selection
Tell Me Anything
Santa Fe Film Festival Afrocinema
Santa Fe
2019
Official Selection
Tell Me Anything
New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase
Official Selection
Doll Delirious
El Paso Film Festival
El Paso
Official Selection
Doll Delirious
LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival
Winner - 1st Place - Best Silent Film
Be Mime
Wimberley Film Festival
Official Selection
Film Femme
Chloe Wine Collection and Women In Film She Directed female filmmaker Film Festival
Official Selection
Tell Me Anything
The Lift-Off Sessions
Official Selection
Tell Me Anything
InShort Film Festival
Official Selection
Film Femme
Directed by Women Film Festival
New York, NY
Official Selection
Broken Chords
MoziMotion Film Festival
Official Selection
Broken Chords
In Short Film Festival 2019
Lagos
Official Selection
Broken Chords
Music Shorts Film Festival
Official Selection
Broken Chords
Rhythm and Views Film Festival
London, UK
Current City
El Paso, Texas
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
African-American