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25 July 2019

TRANS IN AMERICA: TEXAS STRONG nominated for an Emmy®!

Our film Trans In America: Texas Strong, produced by the ACLU and Little By Little Films and broadcast by them. / Condé Nast Entertainment, has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Short Documentary!

Nominations for the 40th Annual News and Documentary Emmy®Awards were announced today by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).  The awards will be presented on Tuesday 24th September at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.

“The clear, transparent, and factual reporting provided by these journalists and documentarians is paramount to keeping our nation and its citizens informed,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS. “Even while under attack, truth and the hard-fought pursuit of it must remain cherished, honored, and defended. These talented nominees represent true excellence in this mission and in our industry.”


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Executive Producer Molly Kaplan, Director Daresha Kyi and Producer Lindsey Dryden collect their Award for  Best Video Documentary: Longform  at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards on 13 May 2019

Executive Producer Molly Kaplan, Director Daresha Kyi and Producer Lindsey Dryden collect their Award for Best Video Documentary: Longform at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards on 13 May 2019

13 May 2019

TRANS IN AMERICA: TEXAS STRONG wins a Webby Award and People’s Voice Award!

Trans In America: Texas Strong has been named the Best Video Documentary: Longform and the People’s Voice winner in the same category, in the 23rd Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, and known as “the Oscars of the Internet”, The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996, this year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 US states and 70 countries worldwide.

Trans In America: Texas Strong has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

The Webby Awards ceremony was held on 13 May at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, where the Trans In America team joined winners including Issa Rae, Michael Douglas and Monica Lewinsky in delivering one of the Webbys’ famous 5-Word Speeches: “Great Stories Make People Change.

Film subject Kai Shappley’s speech: “Protect Trans Youth. We’re Fabulous!”


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March 2019

TRANS IN AMERICA: TEXAS STRONG selected for South By Southwest (SXSW) 2019!

The first film in our verite documentary series, Trans In America: Texas Strong directed by Daresha Kyi, will be having its festival premiere on March 9th at SXSW, as one of 11 short docs selected for the festival’s 2019 programme!


We will also be celebrating our team's work at a SXSW panel on Sunday March 10th at the Austin Convention Center. Trans In America: An Indie and Advocacy Partnership is a discussion featuring directors Cary Cronenwett and Daresha Kyi, Producer Lindsey Dryden (Little By Little Films) and Executive Producer Molly Kaplan (ACLU).


The UK Film Council supported Producer Dryden’s trip to Austin, Texas. Thank you Claudette Godfrey, Janet Pierson and the entire SXSW programming team!

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October 2018

Verité short documentary series TRANS IN AMERICA, depicting three transgender individuals’ battle for their civil rights, produced by Little By Little Films and the ACLU, to launch exclusively on Condé Nast’s ‘them'.’

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) commissioned Little By Little Films to produce a series of three verité documentaries about transgender civil rights in the United States. The three films reveal the daily impact of discrimination on three families as they battle with bathroom bills, vulnerability in employment and housing, and the aftermath of incarceration in Texas, Illinois and Georgia.

One film will be released on ‘them.’ every week for three weeks, with Episode 1 (Kai in Texas) debuting on 10 October 2018, Episode 2 (Eisha in Chicago) on 18 October and Episode 3 (Jennifer in Georgia) on 24 October 2018.

Each film in the series is directed by an LGBTQ+ filmmaker, produced by an inclusive and majority-LGBTQ+ production team led by Lindsey Dryden at Little By Little Films, and informed by a panel of transgender Advisors.


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December 2017

Unrest one of 15 feature documentaries to be considered for Academy Award Nomination



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on 7 December 2017 that Unrest, produced by Shella Films and Little By Little Films, is one of 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. 170 films were originally submitted in the category. 

Unrest was directed by Jennifer Brea, and produced by Jennifer Brea, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie and Alysa Nahmias. Deborah Hoffmann was Executive Producer and Creative Advisor.

August 2017

Sundance prize-winning doc Unrest gets UK release | Screen Daily

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Unrest, the feature documentary about ME (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome) which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Editing, will get a UK release in October. Unrest will be independently released by its producers, Jennifer Brea’s Shella Films based in Los Angeles, and Lindsey Dryden’s Little By Little Films based in Gloucestershire, UK, in collaboration with indie distributor Together Films.

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August 2017

Directors UK Inspire: Participants Announced, Mentors include Lindsey Dryden, Roger Michell


In April, Directors UK launched Directors UK Inspire – a new, year-round mentoring programme for Full and Associate members. We are now thrilled to announce the first group of participants for the scheme, as well as the mentors they’ll be working with. Rebecca Kenyon will be mentored by Lindsey Dryden

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July 2017

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund Announces Summer 2017 John Brabourne Award Winners


The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the charity for moving image professionals, has today announced the Summer 2017 winners of the John Brabourne Awards. Twelve Awardees, including Writer/Director/Producer Lindsey Dryden, Writer Nell Garfath-Cox and Actor/Producer Xenia Glen, have been chosen from a pool of 157 by an industry panel to each receive up to £5000 in order to progress their careers.

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May 2017

Poet Jackie Kay Opens Up About Accepting LGBTQ+ Identity To Celebrate New Tate Britain Exhibition, in Short Film Directed by Lindsey Dryden


Scottish poet laureate Jackie Kay celebrates queer British art with emotive story about finding her identity for Tate Britain and Channel 4's Random Acts film collaboration. Directed by Lindsey Dryden, the 55-year-old writer describes how the character in the story is on the run from herself, which later forced her to question what identity meant to her as a black, Scottish woman growing up.

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June 2017

Two Awards for Unrest at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 



Sheffield Doc/Fest announces its award winners for 2017, including the Illuminate Award for Unrest (directed by Jennifer Brea, produced by Jennifer Brea, Lindsey Dryden, Patricia E. Gillespie, Alysa Nahmias) and the VR Award for Unrest VR, co-created by Jennifer Brea and Amaury La Burthes and produced by Jennifer Brea, Arnaud Colinart, Lindsey Dryden, Amaury La Burthes and Gregoire Parain. Hosted for the first time by BBC Radio Sheffield presenter and Doc/Fest fan, Paulette Edwards, the Sheffield Doc/Fest award winners each received a bespoke Sheffield steel trophy, The Steel Core, created for Sheffield Doc/Fest by Sheffield artist Harrison Moore. 

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June 2017

Project produced by Former WFTV mentee wins two Awards at Doc/Fest


Unrest, a project produced by former WFTV mentee Lindsey Dryden has picked up two awards at Sheffield Doc/Fest. 

The film won the Illuminate Award, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust and celebrates vibrant and innovative filmmaking inspired by scientific understanding. And the accompanying VR project for the film has won the Alternate Realities VR Award at the festival, which is awarded to the best virtual reality project. 

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March 2017

Queer Producers Collective host panel at SXSW 2017 on LGBTQ+ Storytelling

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Queer Voices On and Off Screen, March 13, 2017.  Join indie documentary and narrative filmmakers Jessica Devaney, Lindsey Dryden, Ingrid Jungermann and Sam Tabet as they grapple with the stories their films should tell, and explore the ways that filmmakers can ensure LGBTQ perspectives are reflected both in front of and behind the camera.


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January 2017

Sundance: Medical Mystery Doc 'Unrest' Nabbed by PBS (Exclusive)


The film chronicles director Jennifer Brea's battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the PBS network has acquired U.S. broadcast rights for its Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens. The series will broadcast the film during the first quarter of 2018, following an international theatrical release. Brea produced the doc along with Lindsey Dryden and Patricia E. Gillespie. Deborah Hoffmann, Ruth Ann Harnisch, Regina K. Scully, Lisa Gunn, Donna Fairman Wilson, Dan Cogan, Ian Darling and Lynda Weinman executive produced.

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January 2016

Sundance Winners: ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,’ ‘Dina’, 'Unrest' Top Festival Awards



A Sundance Film Festival that was colored, gripped and sometimes overshadowed by the early days of the Donald Trump administration saw a slew of feminist films win big at the gathering's awards. Multiple female filmmakers nabbed top prizes, while a tale of a woman reasserting control over her life scored the festival's highest honor. Unrest won the Special Jury Award for Editing: Kim Roberts and Emiliano Battista. 

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July 2016

Guiding Lights unveils 17 new mentees


The eighth edition of the UK’s Guiding Lights mentoring scheme has selected 17 new mentees from 215 applications received across the UK and Ireland:

Directors – Aleem Khan, Baff Akoto, Julia Stovell, Kate Dolan, Lindsey Dryden.  Producers – Jude Goldrei, Lizzie Brown, Ohna Falby, Sarah Brocklehurst. Writers – Ailbhe Keogan, Brian Martin, Kara Smith, Paven Virk, Ruth Paxton. Exhibitors – Becky Bruzas, Matthew Hellett, Sara Duffy

This year’s participants work in fiction and documentary, adult and children’s TV, theatre, commercials, learning disability film exhibition, and immersive cinema experiences. Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF).

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July 2016

IFP Announces No Borders, Spotlight on Docs Feature Films for IFP Film Week


IFP, Filmmaker‘s parent organization, announced the 120 feature film projects that will take place in its annual IFP Film Week, taking place September 17 – 22 in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Particularly noteworthy this year are the roster’s gender diversity states: 40% of the narrative directors and 60 % of the documentary directors are women.

Billy (written and directed by Lindsey Dryden and produced by Lindsey Dryden, John MacFarlane, Sarah Spring, and Selin Murat) is a queer music mystery, and a creative documentary about one of the 20th century's most intriguing LGBTQ icons (in development).

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June 2016

How To Successfully Pitch Your Documentary, According To Filmmakers Who Have Done It


The Sheffield Doc/Fest is one of the world’s premiere non-fiction film festivals, celebrating both the art and business of documentary film. The business part is a key component, as Sheffield’s MeetMarket has unlocked over $53 million of deals for documentarians since its inception in 2006. It’s for this reason that the filmmakers at Sheffield, while in addition to being top-of-their-field artists, are also experts at how to pitch their projects and getting investors onboard. To tap into some of that knowledge, IndieWire reached out to six of these experienced filmmakers who have had success pitching and are participating in this year’s MeetMarket, including filmmakers Lindsey Dryden and Al Morrow, to get their advice about what does and does not work when presenting your project to investors. 

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April 2016

Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils MeetMarket 2016 projects | Screen Daily


Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) has revealed the titles that will pitch for funding at the 11th edition of its MeetMarket initiative. Producer Lindsey Dryden will bring Canary In A Coal Mine (working title) directed by Jennifer Brea (USA & Little By Little Films Ltd, UK): when doctors insisted that Brea’s condition was psychosomatic she picked up her camera to document her own story and the stories of four other patients struggling with the world’s most prevalent orphan disease;

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March 2016

Hot Docs unveils 19 projects in Forum slate




Selected from more than 200 international submissions, 19 selected projects will be presented to a round table of leading commissioning editors, film fund representatives, financiers, programming executives and delegates during the mornings of May 3 and May 4. Projects come from 16 countries, and are helmed by 11 female directors and 26 female producers. The selection includes Billy, directed by Lindsey Dryden, produced by Parabola Films (Canada) and Little By Little Films (UK). 

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February 2016

Filmmaker Profile: Lindsey Dryden


Our ‘Filmonomics Filmmaker Profile’ series spotlights each of our 2015 Filmonomics participants, giving you an insight into their projects and working practice. This week, we chat to Lindsey Dryden about equal representation on film, the importance of saving up to make movies, and seeing the films you believe in.

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October 2015

Team 'Canary In A Coal Mine' takes part in BritDoc's GOOD PITCH NYC


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Jen Brea, Lindsey Dryden and Trish Gillespie from Canary – a documentary film about ME/CFS – were one of seven film teams to present at Good Pitch New York, a gathering of foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands, technology, government, and media to forge campaigns around films addressing leading social issues. 



May 2014

Sheffield Doc/Fest's Future Producers programme launches with British documentary producing talent 


The Future Producer School programme, created by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Bungalow Town Productions, has selected its inaugural Fellows, including Julia Nottingham, Lindsey Dryden, John Stack and Anna Griffin. 

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November 2013

Lindsey Dryden nominated for Best Producer Award at Underwire Film Festival  


Underwire Film Festival has nominated  Lindsey Dryden, producer of director Joanna Coates' short documentary 'Little Ones', for the Best Producer Award supported by Women in Film & Television UK. 

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March 2012

Huffington Post: 'Lost And Sound' Director Lindsey Dryden On What Happens To Music When You Go Deaf  


If you only had a few minutes before you lost your hearing, what three songs would you listen to? British director Lindsey Dryden poses this question, asking people for their 'Panic List'. The prompt works conceptually as a prequel to Dryden's first feature film, in which it becomes a catch-22 -- what would you listen to after you lost your hearing? Dryden, a director and '"music obsessive" who is partially deaf and was facing further hearing loss when she began making the film, explores the lives of three subjects with hearing loss in her documentary, "Lost and Sound," which premiered at SXSW earlier this month. For each, music is such an inextricable part of their lives, they found a way back in -- or into it for the first time -- after losing their hearing. Reactions to the film post-screening were warm, the audience sharing in something intimate and unexplainable about the human spirit. 

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September 2012

Meet: Lindsey Dryden, director of ‘Lost and Sound’  


Lindsey Dryden’s feature documentary Lost and Sound has blazed a trail across the world since its premiere at the prestigious SXSW festival in America in March this year. The film is about deafness, the brain, and music, featuring three deaf people and their journey into sound. Lindsey is herself deaf, so we asked her about her life and her work, in roughly that order.

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March 2012

Austin Chronicle Review: SXSW | 24 Beats Per Second | ‘Lost and Sound’ 


Lindsey Dryden's documentary Lost and Sound looks into the lives of three people – a dancer who's been deaf since birth, a young pianist who lost her hearing as a baby, and a middle-aged music critic who's gone totally deaf in one ear. These personal threads of narrative, shot as naturally as home movies, are interwoven with graphically enhanced commentary from audiologists and academics – and with beautiful, polychrome clouds-in-water sequences that attempt to replicate, visually, the often fluid and billowing architecture of music. Director Dryden is hearing-impaired, note, but neither deaf nor blind to what it takes to construct a fascinating documentary film.

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