School: New York University Undergraduate
About me: Eliza McNitt is a New York based Director, Writer, and Actress with a passion for science. Eliza McNitt found filmmaking through science. A top winner of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder, Eliza's first film was inspired by a desire to communicate the devastating impact of vanishing honeybees. Her honeybee research received the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering’s Gerber Medal–the state’s highest award for student science research–as well as special awards from The Havard-Smithsonian Observatory, MIT-Lincoln Lab, the Audubon Society, CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research), the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, Pfizer, the United States Armed Forces, the United States Air Force, and Connecticut Governor Jody Rell. Her documentary Requiem for the Honeybee was broadcast internationally on C-Span. Since then, Eliza has developed a passion for telling stories that challenge contemporary views of science. She is the recipient of over 50 film-festival nominations and prizes – including eight Best Film and Best Director awards. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Eliza was the winner of a $25,000 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant for her film Without Fire which was filmed on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, starring Magdalena Begay (Drunktown’s Finest) and Misty Upham (Frozen River, August: Osage County). Eliza's most recent short film Artemis Falls starring Adepero Oduye (Pariah, 12 Years A Slave) was commissioned by TED and follows an astronaut on her journey into space.
Currently the captain of Then There Was Lumière Productions