Lila Yomtoob

Lila Yomtoob is a New York based director with a penchant for concept, story and character. <br /><br />Shortly after receiving her degree from NYU film school, she went on to direct and produce her first feature film, High Life. The “perfectly honed” and “razor sharp” microbudget improv film premiered at San Francisco Indiefest in 2005 and is regarded as “The Mother of Mumblecore.” <br /><br />High Life as well as several short films directed by Ms. Yomtoob have screened in galleries and festivals in Iceland, Montreal and across North America. In 2007 she was the first filmmaker in residence at The San Mateo Video Residency where she was commissioned make videos about positive social change that went viral on both Youtube and Daily Motion. <br /><br />In 2006, she received an Emmy Award for sound editing on the HBO documentary "Baghdad ER." Lila has been working in post production sound since 1999, and has had the pleasure of working on over 40 films directed by the likes of Spike Lee, The Coen Brothers, Mary Heron, and John Cameron Mitchell. <br /><br />Lila has also sat on the selection board for The Brooklyn International Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival and The Crown Point Festival. She teaches at Downtown Community Television (DCTV) and in 2007 was selected to be a part of a cultural exchange for young filmmakers at the Reykjavik Film Festival. <br /><br />Ms. Yomtoob was born into a working class immigrant family in the mid seventies: a first generation American and the third of three children. Although she is the first Iranian Jew to win an Emmy, Lila has yet to make work about her ethnicity. She insists that her worldview, sense of humor, and storytelling is influenced by her mix or Iranian, Iraqi, Jewish and American culture. <br />