Deia Schlosberg is an American film producer, director, and cinematographer. She is best known for her documentary films, which often focus on environmental issues and the effects of climate change.
Schlosberg was born in 1980 in Washington D.C. and grew up in Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2003. In 2004, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.
Schlosberg’s first documentary, “The Revisionaries” (2012), followed the battle between the Texas State Board of Education and a group of grassroots activists fighting to keep evolution and climate change in the state’s curriculum. The film was an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the SXSW Special Jury Award.
In 2014, Schlosberg released her second documentary, “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change.” The film follows a global tour of communities on the front lines of climate change, from the coal fields of Appalachia to the melting glaciers of Greenland. It was an official selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the SXSW Best Documentary Feature award.
In 2016, Schlosberg was arrested while filming a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She was charged with three felony counts of conspiracy, rioting, and criminal trespass. The charges were later dropped and Schlosberg continued to document stories of environmental activism.
Schlosberg’s third documentary, “A Year in Transition” (2018), follows a year in the life of a family in rural Oregon as they grapple with the effects of climate change. It won the 2019 Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival and was nominated for a Peabody Award.
Schlosberg has also directed several short films, including the award-winning “The Other Side” (2016) and “The Same Sky” (2018). She has also served as a cinematographer on numerous projects, including “The True Cost” (2015) and “The Act of Killing” (2012).
Schlosberg continues to use her films to bring awareness to the effects of climate change and advocate for environmental justice. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Vice, and The Guardian, among other outlets.