Sara Nesson is an award-winning American film director, screenwriter, and producer. She is best known for her film "Half the Sky," which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2013.
Sara was born in San Francisco, California in 1979. She attended the California Institute of the Arts and received her BFA in Film/Video in 2002. After graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in film.
Sara made her first feature film, "Half the Sky," in 2012. The documentary follows the lives of six women from different countries as they struggle to overcome poverty, gender inequality, and other obstacles. The film was highly praised for its powerful message and earned Sara an Academy Award nomination.
In 2013, Sara directed her first feature-length narrative film, "Hannah and Her Sisters." The movie followed the story of two sisters who take separate paths in life and eventually reunite. The film was well-received and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
In 2014, Sara directed her second feature film, "The Light Between Oceans." The movie follows the story of two lighthouse keepers who find a baby in the ocean and must decide whether to keep it or return it. The movie was a box-office success and earned Sara another Academy Award nomination.
Sara has continued to make films that explore themes of female empowerment, social justice, and the importance of family. She has also executive produced several other films, such as "The Fits," "Wildlife," and "The Hero."
Sara has received numerous awards for her work, including the Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature for "Half the Sky." She has also been honored with the Humanitarian Award from the African Women's Film Festival, the Trailblazer Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the New Directors Award from the Tribeca Film Festival.
Sara continues to make inspiring films that explore the complexities of life and push the boundaries of storytelling. She is an inspiration to many, and her work has helped to spark conversations around important issues.