About Lisa

I’ve worked in film and video production as a writer, producer, and editor in the Seattle area film & video production industry for over thirty years.

Starting out as a production assistant in corporate video, I began learning the craft before websites ruled, when businesses relied on video for communications, marketing,  training. Seattle and Bellevue were bustling with video production in the 1980s and 1990s. I enrolled at the University of Washington to earn a BA in broadcast journalism and certificates in Filmmaking and Screenwriting. This led to work in the Documentary Unit at KCTS-9/PBS Seattle. In the mid-1990s, KCTS partnered with Disney to produce Bill Nye the Science Guy. I worked on the show as both an associate producer during production and assistant editor during post-production, and was awarded three Daytime Emmy Awards in Editing.

As an independent producer, Without the Trees, the Sky Will Fall was my first film, early 1990s. Shot on 16mm film, it documents two Lummi tribal members from the Pacific NW working to preserve the temperate rainforest. We filmed their travels to meet with the Lacandon Rainforest Maya, meeting in the village of Lacanja, Mexico, and then Washington D.C. to meet with legislators. In 2007, I traveled to Kenya to film the work of AIDS activists from the Pacific NW, producing two shorts, Ombogo Girl and The Best Medicine.

After earning a Master’s degree in Anthropology in 2012, I formed SpicerDent Productions with fellow anthropologist and filmmaker Fredrick Dent. We produced short-format films for small businesses and non-profit organizations, educational videos, and documentary films. Homeless in Bellingham, an award-winning web series filmed over a four year period, culminating in a feature documentary Looking for Functional Zero: Finding Solutions to Homelessness (2017).

At Western Washington University, I’ve taught courses in documentary production that integrate methods of anthropology with non-fiction film. I teach a visual literacy workshop called How to Read a Film, about mise-en-scene. Another workshop I teach, Writing with Film in Mind, informs authors about film production and screenwriting technique, to be aware of when writing works for potential adaptation for the screen.

Education:

  • BA, Broadcast Journalism, University of Washington (UW)
  • Filmmaking I & II, Screenwriting, UW, certificates
  • MA, Anthropology, Western Washington University
  • Podcasting: Storytelling in Sound, UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute, certificate