Lindsay O’Keefe is a junior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts majoring in Film and Television and minoring in Disability Studies. She is also an intern at Women Make Movies, the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. Her primary interests are in documentary filmmaking, editing, and disability rights. She is currently directing and editing a documentary about a musician who uses a wheelchair and navigates accessibility in the music industry. In 2020-21, her short documentary titled “Alive Day” told the story of a Paralympic swimmer who overcame incredible odds to follow her dreams. “Alive Day” appeared in over a dozen film festivals across the country, including two Oscar-qualifying festivals: the Seattle International Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival. The documentary won the Best Local Documentary Award at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and the Outstanding Documentary Award at the Short. Sweet. Film. Festival.
In the past, Lindsay has interned at a variety of places, including the National Organization for Italian Americans in Film and Television, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, and Hemlock Films. Her passion for disability rights stems from her six years of volunteering at Youth Challenge, a non-profit in Cleveland, Ohio, that pairs teen volunteers with children who have physical disabilities to socialize and play adapted sports together. For her Capstone project in 2021, she made a documentary titled “Youth Challenge: The Power of Inclusion.” Lindsay’s mentor for that project was two-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Hollie Brubaker.