Filmmaker/actress living in Spain, MIT grad, Ashtanga yoga practitioner, kitesurfer.
Lila grew up just outside of New Orleans, graduated from MIT with degrees in Computer Science, and studied acting in Los Angeles.
After performing in Leonard Melfi’s play "Birdbath", Lila secured the rights and created the only film adaptation of the play allowed since 1971, establishing her path as filmmaker/actress.
Lila’s subsequent films, "Da Parish" (a documentary about a community's recovery after Hurricane Katrina), "Winter in a Beach Town" (a poetic short filmed in Spain), and "Death Valley (An Experiment)" (a script performed scene-by-scene on Instagram) furthered her experience and desire to create work that is personal and unconventional.
Lila lives in the south of Spain, where she practices Ashtanga yoga, kitesurfs, enjoys siestas, and does remote computer programming work while developing each next film project.
View more at http://lilafrench.com.
  • Editor (1 Credit)
    Death Valley (An Experiment)2022
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Photographer (1 Credit)
    Death Valley (An Experiment)2022
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    Death Valley (An Experiment)2022
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    Death Valley (An Experiment)2022
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    Death Valley (An Experiment)2022
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Director (1 Credit)
    Death Valley (An Experiment)2022
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS)
Birth City
Metairie, Louisiana, USA
Current City
Conil de la Frontera, Spain
Married To
the sea
Children
my two cats and my films
- Ashtanga yoga practitioner, kitesurfer, and former pole vaulter
- Lived in Los Angeles for 11 yrs, then moved to Spain to enjoy daily life more
- Was kitesurfing in Cape Town in 2020 when lockdown started. After 3.5 months there, drove 20+ hrs across the country alone to Johannesburg, flew through Doha to Madrid, then rented a car and drove 8 hrs from Madrid to pick up my car in Málaga, then drove 2.5 hrs home. It was fun.
"The only valid way to criticize a movie is to make one of your own."
- Jean-Luc Godard, filmmaker and former film critic
Baudelaire wooed Mme. Sabatier for years, with anonymous poems he later signed. One night after a trial concerning "The Flowers of Evil", she finally gave in to him. The next day he broke it off with her. "Yesterday you were a Goddess, so convenient, beautiful, so sacred. Now you are a Woman."
- from Agnès Varda's "The So-Called Caryatids"
"If I abandon this project, I would be a man without dreams and I don't want to live like that. I live my life or I end my life, with this project."
- Werner Herzog, "Burden of Dreams"
"Know ye now, Bulkington? Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?
But as in landlessness alone resides highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God—so better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety! For worm-like, then, oh! who would craven crawl to land! Terrors of the terrible! is all this agony so vain? Take heart, take heart, O Bulkington! Bear thee grimly, demigod! Up from the spray of thy ocean-perishing—straight up, leaps thy apotheosis!"
- from Moby Dick by Herman Melville
"There are always moments when one feels empty and estranged. Such moments are most desirable, for it means the soul has cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places. This is detachment—when the old is over and the new has not yet come. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing, but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: Whatever you come across—go beyond.”
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Filmmaker/actress living in Spain, MIT grad, Ashtanga yoga practitioner, kitesurfer.
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Résumé & Attachments
  • "Winter in a Beach Town" Electronic Press Kit, September 2019
  • "Birdbath" Electronic Press Kit, February 2013
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  • "Winter in a Beach Town" Electronic Press Kit, September 2019
  • "Birdbath" Electronic Press Kit, February 2013