Lindsay Richardson grew up in New York City, where her father nicknamed her ‘Land of a Thousand Questions’. That inquisitive nature led her to documentary filmmaking, where she has turned a lyrical lens on questions of place, culture, and social justice.
At Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, she made short films that explored academic ideas in conversational language, on subjects ranging from communal memory in Ethiopia to austerity in Europe. As an MFA candidate at SVA’s SocDoc program, she profiled a comic book artist with Asperger’s syndrome in the verite short No Subtitles. Her upcoming feature-length debut, Close to the Fire, profiles activists working to ignite change on three continents.
Lindsay’s filmmaking aims to explore big ideas on a human scale, allowing audiences to step into the frame and draw their own conclusions. Drawn to subjects on the margins, she looks for a human center that is playful, expressive, and open to interpretation.