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Lila Place

Lila Place

Documentary Film and Video


Lila grew up in the South End of Boston and later moved to Barcelona to study dance. Before coming to Stanford she worked as an editor and assistant editor in New York on various films and documentaries including Curse of the Jade Scorpion, 25th Hour, The Lifestyle, and projects for HBO Latino. She also worked for Videoteca del Sur, an organization based in New York and Havana, Cuba, dedicated to the promotion of Latin American film and video. Lila received her BA in Cultural Anthropology from Barnard College.


Student Production Grant, The Caucus Foundation for Producers, Writers & Directors,  2005

Under the Roller Coaster

16mm color film

JUNE, 2005
The Thunderbolt Roller Coaster was a Coney Island icon, but, for Mae Timpano, it was home. The film looks beyond the enchantment of the famous playground to examine the true-life experience of one woman who had a unique relationship to Coney Island: she lived under the famed Thunderbolt Roller Coaster.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short, Slamdance, 2006
Best "Made in Coney Island" Film, Coney Island Film Festival, 2005
Outstanding Student Film Award, The Caucus for TV Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation, 2006
Best Student Documentary, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, 2005
Finalist, Angelus Awards, 2005
Best Biographical Film, Columbia College Chicago, 2005
City of Carloforte Prize, Miditerranean Film Festival, 2006
IFP Market, 2005
Hi/Lo Film Festival 2006

Each One Teach One

16mm color film

JUNE, 2004
The story of one man's journey from solitary confinement in prison to a mural project for youth in San Francisco, Each One Teach One is a film about art, self-redemption, and freedom.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention, Black Maria Film Festival, Director’s Citation Films, 2005
Jury Award, Best in Fest Overall, Portland International Short Film Fest, 2004
Best Student Documentary, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, 2005
Best Student Documentary, River Run International Film Festival, 2005
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2004
Cinequest Film Festival 2005
Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival, 2004
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2005
Arpa International Film Festival, 2004
Olympia Film Festival, 2004
Anchorage International Film Festival, 2004
Finalist, Columbia College Student Documentary Competition, 2004
Sarasota Film Festival, 2005
Durango Film Festival, 2005
Aspen Shortsfest, 2005

Weekend Warriors

digital video

Co-directed by Christie Herring
MARCH, 2004

A week in the life of several people who routinely reenact the bloodiest war in American history, the American Civil War.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Jury Award, Magnolia Independent Film Festival, 2005
Best Written Film, Elena V. Zastwanik Screenwriting Award, Magnolia Independent Film Festival, 2005
Broadcast on Video i on KTEH, San Jose PBS, Fall 2005
George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, 2006
Oakland International Film Festival, 2004


16mm black and white film

3:26 MIN.Watch Video
Chronicles the life of a teenage ballet dancer who left Bosnia during the war.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Jury Award, Marin County Festival of Short Film and Video, 2004
Documentary Film Award, UC Irvine Dance Festival, 2004
First Look Film Festival, 2004
ADF, Dancing for the Camera Film Festival, 2004