Christine Lesiak - Producer/Director/Writer


Christine Lesiak - Producer/Director/Writer

Christine Lesiak is a Peabody Award winning producer who has produced, written and directed numerous award-winning documentaries, specializing in history and the humanities.

Standing Bear's Footsteps, which explored the landmark trial of Ponca Chief Standing Bear to prove that Indians are persons under the law, premiered on PBS in 2012 and received both a Heartland Emmy and a Gabriel Award. Her film In the White Man's Image, the Emmy-nominated documentary about the 19th century attempt to assimilate Native Americans, was awarded best history program by the Organization of American Historians and is still in use in multi-cultural classes across America. 

Her American Experience documentary, Monkey Trial, about the 1925 clash between science and religion, won both the Writer's Guild Award and the George Foster Peabody Award in 2002. Lesiak wrote and co-produced Willa Cather—The Road is All for the PBS series "American Masters."

Previous programs Lesiak produced for PBS and American Experience include Around the World in 72 Days, Wild Horses—An American Romance, and Hearts of Zambia, about the HIV/AIDs crisis in Africa.  Yours, Willa Cather, a multi-faceted exploration that includes a documentary, an iBook, and an interactive website and reading club.  

Lesiak is a summa cum laude graduate of the UCLA School of Theater Arts.  She received her MFA in film and television from UCLA in 1977.  

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Lake of Betrayal looks at the Seneca Nation’s fight to protect its sovereignty against a backdrop of a federal Indian Termination policy, pork-barre


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