Lisa Gossels


Film Projects

Public bio

Lisa Gossels is an Emmy® Award-winning documentarian whose films have garnered twenty awards and honors. Her first feature documentary, “The Children of Chabannes,” made with Dean Wetherell, won a 2001 Emmy® Award, 10 film festival awards, had a limited theatrical release, aired on HBO Signature, local PBS stations and is now distributed in the home video market by Cinedigm. “The Children of Chabannes” has been praised as “One of the most heartening Holocaust films ever made–splendid, informative and emotionally involving,” (Los Angeles Times) and called “A seamless memoir of courage and a tribute to the human spirit.” (New York Daily News) “My So-Called Enemy,” Lisa’s second film, has garnered a CINE Golden Eagle and five film festival awards since premiering at Silverdocs in 2010. She was honored as “Someone to Watch” at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival, a “Luminary” at the Boston Jewish Film Festival’s 2011 “Luminaries and Legends Gala” and, in 2012, with the Annual Miller Reel Jewish Woman Filmmaker Award. ”My So-Called Enemy,” which aired on the WORLD Channel, in the public television series, Global Voices, has been cited as “A provocative, balanced film that offers unexpected hope for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” (Washington City Paper) and “An insightful, moving, important film. Extraordinary.” (The Huffington Post) Lisa is currently traveling around the country with “My So-Called Enemy” and “The Children of Chabannes,” teaching at high schools and universities and engaging youth, secular and faith communities in dialogue. A member of the Selah Leadership Network, Lisa became a documentarian because she believes in the power of film to effect social change. She has served as a Juror for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, The Cleveland International Film Festival, The Ivy Film Festival and The Woodstock Festival – and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. Beyond her documentary work, Lisa produces and directs advocacy, promotional and educational films for clients through her New York City-based company, Good Egg Productions. She consults with documentarians on all aspects of filmmaking and storytelling – from pre-production through distribution and outreach. She has created content for more than 40 corporations and non-profits as a production manager, “real person” casting director and wardrobe stylist. Prior to a career in film and video production, Lisa worked for nine years in the Media and Account Management departments of numerous major New York City advertising agencies.