The Work That Made World War Seven Director Lizzy Born

March 1, 2024

"Lizzy Born has always loved filmmaking, but decided to major in something more stable: jazz guitar. She fell backward into directing anyway.

Her DIY filmmaking background was built on friendships with comedians, actors, and other filmmakers. Her experience directing talent, paired with a cinematic and experimental aesthetic, has won her many collaborations in the advertising and fashion world, including projects with Vogue, Grey Goose, Dolce & Gabbana, Macy’s, Lexus, and the NYC Ballet.

Her award-winning short films have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, and Cannes, among many other festivals. She wrote and directed several popular short-form series and films, produced by Comedy Central, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and Snapchat. In 2021, she directed the entire first season of the celebrity-spattered Showtime variety show Ziwe, produced by A24.

On the side, Lizzy Born may begin selling her limestone sculptures or create her own line of beautiful yet impractical shoes, but for now, she directs character-driven, refined, and emotive films."

World War Seven Director Lizzy Born talks about the power of “Paper Moon,” shooting with Dolce & Gabana in Sicily, and her recent work for Maybelline New York with Mindy Kaling.

Read more in Little Black Book’s “The Work That Made Me.”