Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper

Lecturer on African and African American Studies
Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Growing Up Fast. As a Lecturer at Harvard University, she teaches Using Film For Social Change. 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.

Her latest documentary, The Supreme Price, received the Gucci Tribeca Spotlighting Women Documentary Award and was named Best Documentary at Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).  An extended trailer from the film 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 she has produced and directed include 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.

Her photography has been published and exhibited in the US and overseas. 

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Department of African and African American Studies
12 Quincy St. Barker Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 384-8349