During Leah's time at Ithaca, she was named one of Variety Magazine's "110 Students to Watch in Film and Media" for their April 2015 issue. After graduation she worked at the Ithaca-based Photosynthesis Productions as an associate producer working on a variety of documentaries. Then she was named a 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellow which is a year long competitive program that offers mentorship and industry experience to emerging filmmakers. She was also the inaugural Sally Burns Shenkman Women Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center where she completed Death Metal Grandma.
Roughly a year after its debut at the SXSW Film Festival, “Death Metal Grandma,” took home the award for best documentary at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. The film follows nonagenarian Holocaust survivor Inge Ginsberg as she turns her poetry into heavy metal music and auditions for “America’s Got Talent.”
Leah's documentary, The Provider, screened at SxSW, follows the story of an abortion doctor, Dr. Shannon Carr who travels in order to perform services in restrictive parts of the country. The Provider also screened at Palm Springs Short Fest, and won awards at the Student Emmys, National Film Festival for Talented Youth, and Visions Film Festival. Past projects have included a documentary film about prison rehabilitation and re-entry, Beyond the Wall, that has screened across the country.
She is currently freelance filmmaker living in NY specializing in directing, producing, editing and assistant editing, and creation of non-profit videos.