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      Liza Johnson

      Liza Johnson

      Highest Rated: 83% Return (2011)

      Lowest Rated: 53% Hateship Loveship (2013)

      Birthday: Dec 13, 1970

      Birthplace: Not Available

      Filmmaker Liza Johnson has used her background as an artist and non-narrative storyteller to explore new ways of approaching film. Her 2011 drama "The Return" thrust her into the spotlight, but it was in fact the culmination of years working in the medium. Johnson has an art school background that informed her approach to the short films she made, beginning with 1998's "Giftwrap," on which she also served as writer, editor, and producer. Her feature debut came two years later with the German-set drama "Fernweh - The Opposite of Homesick," before she spent the rest of the decade honing her skills with a series of shorts. "South of Ten" debuted at the New York Film Festival and dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while "In the Air" portrayed a circus school in the Southeastern Ohio town that Johnson is from. The latter was nominated for a Golden Bear at Berlin's International Film Festival. Johnson's short films have received wide acclaim and have been shown at many of the world's most prestigious museums, including New York's MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and the Berlinale. Starring Linda Cardellini as an alienated soldier returning to her hometown, "Return" was widely lauded by critics and announced Johnson as a new original voice in film.

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      Liza Johnson ELVIS & NIXON, from left: director Liza Johnson, Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon, on set, 2016. ph: Steve Dietl/© Bleecker Street Media

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saving Bikini Bottom: The Sandy Cheeks Movie Director - 2024
      76% 57% Elvis & Nixon Director $1.0M 2016
      53% 36% Hateship Loveship Director,
      Executive Producer
      $50.6K 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Karrabing! Low Tide Turning Director - 2012
      83% 43% Return Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2011

      TV

      Credit
      83% 79% Physical Executive Producer,
      Director
      2021-2023
      83% 52% The Diplomat Director 2023
      97% 93% What We Do in the Shadows Director 2020
      94% 93% Silicon Valley Director 2019
      98% 89% Barry Director 2019
      88% 55% Room 104 Director,
      Writer
      2018
      77% 68% American Horror Story Director 2017