Jonathan Lisecki, Director, "Gayby"
Jonathan Lisecki is an award-winning writer and director based in New York. His feature Gayby premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW festival. Gayby is a full-length version of the celebrated short film of the same title, which has played at over one hundred festivals on six continents since its premiere at Slamdance in 2010. The Gayby short received jury prizes at the Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Outtakes Dallas, CineSLAM, OutFilmCT, and Arizona Film Festivals. It was selected Best of Fest at Palm Springs ShortFest, Inside Out Toronto, and several others; was named an outstanding short of Outfest by indieWIRE; and was shortlisted for the Iris Prize. The Gayby short appeared on iTunes via McSweeney’s, is available on a DVD from First Run Features, and can be seen on the just-released 15th edition of the Wholpin collection. His first short film, Woman in Burka, won various awards, including the 2008 Spirit of Slamdance Award for its debut, and was featured on the 12th edition of the Wholphin DVD collection. Before turning to filmmaking, Lisecki worked extensively in independent theatre.