Lisanne Sartor

Lisanne Sartor

Director, Filmmaker and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Lisanne


Lisanne Sartor is an award-winning writer/director whose short film “Six Letter Word” has screened at over fifty film festivals worldwide, including the Telluride Film Festival and the American Pavilion at Cannes ( She made that short via the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Her feature script of “Six Letter Word” was awarded a renowned Hedgebrook Writers Residency for 2016. She will direct the feature, “Six Letter Word” in 2017 with Tani Cohen () producing. Her newest short “Prick” () also screened at the American Pavilion at Cannes, among other film festivals. She will shoot her next short, “Heimlich,” based on M.C. Moore’s short story (, this winter.

Lisanne moved to Los Angeles to be a writer/director after graduating Yale but got waylaid from writing and directing when she was admitted to the DGA Assistant Director Training Program. She quickly discovered that, although assistant directing doesn’t necessarily lead to directing, it’s good training for any aspect of filmmaking.

She left ADing after seven years to get an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, where she won numerous screenwriting awards, including the Samuel Goldwyn. Her original screenplay, “Cleaverville” was produced by Alexander/Enright Productions and aired on Lifetime. She’s written an MOW for the DeAngelis Group in Italy, had a script optioned by Hearst Entertainment, and developed projects with Roth-Arnold Productions and other companies. She’s a UCLA screenwriting instructor and has been Board President of the CineStory Foundation since 2013 and a board member since 2004.


  • Prick

    Prick (2015)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Writer A burglar stuck in a closet during a robbery finds out more about himself than he ever wanted to know and more about the couple he's robbing than even they know themselves.

  • Six Letter Word

    Six Letter Word (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Writer An unlikely mother is forced to confront her young son's autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns.

  • Cleaverville

    Cleaverville (2007)
    TV Movie (Crime and Drama) Writer A woman, involved in a life-time of crime, steals diamonds and is on the run. She seeks help from her mother, who introduced her to this life-style and has to face her teenager daughter, raised by her grandmother after she left the family home. The woman struggles to remain on the run and not reconnect with her daughter. Written by n.a.

  • Anaconda

    Anaconda (1997)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Horror and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director When a documentary crew traveling through the Amazon jungle, picks up a stranded man, they are unaware of the trouble that will occur. This stranger's hobby is to capture the giant Anaconda snake, and plans to continue targeting it on their boat, by any means necessary. Written by FilmFanUk

  • The Single Guy

    The Single Guy (1995 - 1996)
    Television (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Jonathan Eliot is an intelligent, sensitive New York writer, whose career is only making little headway, and bachelor who lives on his own, finding the dating scene even more daunting. In his apartment block, which has a very weird doorman, Manny, he gazes with some envy at the love life of others, especially one neighbor, the slick womanizer Dan Montgomery. Written by KGF Vissers

  • Bye Bye Love

    Bye Bye Love (1995)
    Film (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director This is a story about the breakup of the family. In particular, it focuses on the lifestyle of three divorced men. The film is presented from their perspective and it reveals their relationship with their children, ex-wives, girl friends, male friendships, and their identities as divorced men. In addition to dealing with divorce, the film touches on spousal loss and young adult homelessness. The film can be considered a social commentary that is both comical and emotional. Written by Joel Schesser <>

  • White Dwarf

    White Dwarf (1995)
    TV Movie (Drama and Sci-Fi) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In a distant future New York medical student Driscoll Rampart accomplishes his internship at Rusta, a rural planet that doesn't revolve around its axis and therefore is divided into contrasting halves of eternal day vs. eternal night. One is a Victorian-styled colony, the other a medieval kingdom. Both leave Rampart in a state of constant wonder, as he finds his way among humans and aliens, strange dreams and even stranger reality, a dark keep and a red sea, and more universal matters of war and peace, good and bad, love and hate and sickness and health. Written by Swie Tio <>

  • Outbreak

    Outbreak (1995)
    Film (Action, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director In July of 1967, In Motaba River Valley, Zaire, a virus with a 100% mortality rate starts infecting people. The virus becomes known as the Motaba virus, and it's so deadly that it causes severe bleeding and liquefies internal organs, killing within 3 days. The virus wipes out Motaba River Valley, and a devastatingly huge fire bomb is dropped onto Motaba River Valley in order to reduce the chances of further infection. The bomb was dropped on the orders of corrupt General Donald McClintock, even though an army surgeon, General Bill Ford, was against the idea. 27 years later, in 1994, there is another outbreak in Motaba River Valley. At the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), located at Fort Detrick in Maryland, Colonel Sam Daniels is doing research on the Motaba virus, and so is his ex-wife Roberta Keough, who works at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. A monkey carrying the Motaba virus stows away on a ... Written by Todd Baldridge

  • Get Smart

    Get Smart (1995)
    Television (Comedy, Crime, Mystery and Sci-Fi) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Don Adams and Barbara Feldon reprise their roles as Maxwell Smart and Agent 99, but this time they have a little help from their son and newly-minted spy, Zach, and his brilliant, sexy partner Agent 66. Max is now the Chief of Control and 99 is now a Congresswoman in charge of Control's budget. Together, they must struggle to keep arch-rival KAOS from gaining world domination. Written by Bai

  • Mixed Nuts

    Mixed Nuts (1994)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Philip runs a crisis hotline with Catherine and Mrs Munchnik. That's the easy part, now it gets tricky... Stanley loves evicting people and he evicts Philip. Philip loves helping people and he is loved by Catherine. Catherine is loved by Louie who loves writing songs. Chris loves dancing to songs and loves to wear large dresses. Gracie also loves to wear large dresses because she's pregnant. She loves the baby's father, Felix, who loves to paint. That just leaves Mrs. Munchnik who hasn't been loved by anybody in a very long time. Written by Tim McSmythurs <>

  • When a Man Loves a Woman

    When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
    Film (Drama and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior.

  • I'll Do Anything

    I'll Do Anything (1994)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with attractive production assistant Cathy Breslow is made complicated, while the precocious child is overly accustomed to getting her own way. Matt eventually faces the choice of family vs career in a particularly difficult way. Written by Reid Gagle

  • Hocus Pocus

    Hocus Pocus (1993)
    Film (Comedy, Family and Fantasy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence... Written by anonymous

  • Darkness Before Dawn

    Darkness Before Dawn (1993)
    TV Movie (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A family struggles with a daughter's addiction.

  • The Beverly Hillbillies

    The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
    Film (Comedy and Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Jed Clampett and kin move from Arkansas to Beverly Hills when he becomes a billionaire, after an oil strike. The country folk are very naive with regard to life in the big city, so when Jed starts a search for a new wife there are inevitably plenty of takers and con artists ready to make a fast buck. Written by Rob Hartill

  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights

    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy, Musical and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The standard story of Robin Hood: Evil Prince John is oppressing the people while good King Richard is away on the Crusades. Robin steals from the tax collectors, wins an archery contest, defeats the Sheriff, and rescues Maid Marian. In this version, however, Mel Brooks adds his own personal touch, parodying traditional adventure films, romance films, and the whole idea of men running around the woods in tights. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

  • Hearts Are Wild

    Hearts Are Wild (1992)
    Television (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Jack Thorpe is the hunky owner of a Las Vegas casino where each week he welcomes new guests. He is assisted by the attractive Kyle who makes sure the guests stay happy and Pepe, head of gambling operations.

  • On the Air

    On the Air (1992)
    Television (Comedy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director The year is 1957. The cast and crew of the Lester Guy Show are extremely apprehensive about their upcoming live television broadcast on the Zoblotnick Broadcasting Co. network. Lester Guy despises fellow cast member Betty Hudson for unknowingly becoming more popular than him and schemes to destroy her career. Only two of the seven episodes were written by David Lynch. Written by Jennifer Harrison

  • MacGyver

    MacGyver (1991 - 1992)
    Television (Action, Adventure, Crime and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Macgyver is a secret agent with a difference. He is quiet, mild mannered, deeply principled and refuses to carry a gun on his missions. Fortunately, the last detail is unimportant when compared to his astounding mind. Drawing on a vast practical knowledge of science, Macgyver is able to make use of any mundane materials around him to create unorthodox solutions to any problem he faces. The enemies of world peace and justice continually learn that underestimating this man is a fatal mistake for their plans. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

  • The Last Boy Scout

    The Last Boy Scout (1991)
    Film (Action and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician. Written by Ed Sutton <>

  • Dollman

    Dollman (1991)
    Video (Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Location management Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson) is a traveller from outer space who is forced to land on Earth. Though regular-sized on his home planet, he is doll-sized here on Earth, as are the enemy forces who have landed as well. While Brick enlists the help of an impoverished girl and her son, the bad guys enlist the help of a local gang. When word leaks out as to his location, all hell breaks loose. Brick is besieged by an onslaught of curious kids, angry gang members, and his own doll-sized enemies, and he must protect the family who has helped him and get off the planet alive. Written by Michael Silva <>

  • Dolly Dearest

    Dolly Dearest (1991)
    Film (Horror and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew An American family moves to Mexico to fabricate dolls, but their toy factory happens to be next to a Sanzian grave and the toys come into possession of an old, malicious spirit. Written by Jan Teekman <>


  • Yale University

  • UCLA MFA School of Theater, Film and Television Screenwriting

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