Joanna Lipper is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Growing Up Fast. 

She produced and directed the documentary, The Supreme Price which received the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award and was named Best Documentary at Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). The film was nominated for the Grierson Awards - Best Historical Documentary and for an African Movie Academy Award.  As a Lecturer at Harvard University, Lipper taught Using Film For Social Change (2011 -2015). Her work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation/Just Films, ITVS, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Women Make Movies, IFP Spotlighting Documentaries, Britdoc Foundation and The Fledgling Fund.  An extended trailer from The Supreme Price was commissioned to launch Gucci's Chime for Change Women's Empowerment Campaign at TED 2013 and globally.  The film was selected as the closing night event of the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2014.

Previous films Joanna Lipper has produced and directed include the award-winning documentary, Inside Out: Portraits of Children, Growing Up Fast and Little Fugitive.


Lipper's nationally-acclaimed book about teen parenthood, Growing Up Fast, was published by Picador in 2003.

  "Compelling and important...this book adroitly illuminates a social crisis." (Publisher's Weekly). 

Lipper's photography has been published and exhibited at museums and galleries in the US and overseas.  In 2016, her photographs were on view in London, featured in the exhibition Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye: The Power of One Woman at the Gallery of African Art (GAFRA).

Lipper is based in London where she runs Vertumnus Productions.


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