Talent Guide

Lynne Littman

  • Discipline:Director, Producer, Writer
  • Program Year:Producing Lab 2009


Lynne Littman received an Academy Award for her documentary film Number Our Days, based on the fieldwork of anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff. Ten years later her feature documentary In Her Own Time premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and chronicled Dr. Myerhoff’s final fieldwork and her death at 49.

Littman made her feature film-directing debut with Testament, starring Jane Alexander, who was Oscar-nominated for Best Actress. Originally produced for American Playhouse, Testament premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, screened at the Berlin Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Paramount Pictures. For the recent DVD release of Testament, Littman directed two new bonus feature documentaries. She also directed Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, starring Ruby Dee and Diahann Carroll; Freak City with Samantha Mathis and Peter Sarsgaard; and the two-hour series finale, Cagney and Lacy: True Convictions.

For the body of work she created at KCET, Littman has garnered four Emmys, a Columbia/Dupont Journalism Award, a Los Angeles Press Club Award, the Radio & TV News Association’s Golden mike, two Christophers, three Cine Golden eagles, a George Foster Peabody Award, and First Prizes at the Atlanta and San Francisco Film Festivals.

Current Project

The Spirit Catches You (Narrative Feature)


Based on Anne Fadiman's award-winning book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, the film follows a dramatic culture clash between Western medicine and eastern healing. TWO FAMILIES -- an immigrant Hmong family and their two devoted American doctors -- struggle to care for a child whose life hangs in the balance. It's an epic story told through an intimate portrait.