Vivien Lesnik Weisman is a filmmaker, writer and political commentator.
She was born in Havana, Cuba. She graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Art History and New York Law School with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence. She was then accepted to the New York Bar. She went on to receive an MFA in directing from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. She has received numerous awards for her films, including the prestigious UCLA Spotlight Award for Best Dramatic Short and a Golden Eagle for Excellence in Latino Filmmaking.
Her most recent film, The Man of Two Havanas, a feature length documentary, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York to packed houses and standing ovations. The critically acclaimed documentary has gone on to win the most prestigious awards throughout the world, including the Grand Prix Documentary at the Festival Internacional du Cinema Latin de Paris, the IFP Fledgling Fund Award for Best WIP Emerging Latino Filmmaker, The Audience Award at The Vancouver International Latino Film Festival, the First Coral Award at the Festival de Nuevo Cine Latino Americano (Havana International Film Festival), the Grand Prix Signis at the Festival Internacional du Cinema Latin de Paris as well as the Social Justice Award Finalist at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
She has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs throughout the country and abroad including, DemocracyNow, WNBC, WCBS, Telemundo, Univision, MegaTV, WakeUp Call to name a few.
She is a contributor to the Huffington Post.
Ms. Lesnik Weisman resides in Santa Monica with her son, Richard Jr.
Vivien Lesnik Weisman