lisa blackstone


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Lisa Blackstone is an Emmy-winning director/producer/writer/editor and documentarian based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Blackstone was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs.  After graduating from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, she heard the siren song of the Midwest calling her home.  Rather than return to the City of Big Shoulders, she migrated slightly northward to the City of Lakes...Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was there that she found inspiration and support for telling people’s stories through television and documentaries.

Her work has been seen nationally on PBS and several cable networks including Animal Planet, HGTV, and MSNBC.

Blackstone’s documentary Polka Time was selected for the PBS/ITVS series Independent Lens. In addition, it screened at the Broad Humor Film Festival in Los Angeles where she was honored to receive the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

She is the recipient of the Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video grant for her documentary Grappling Girls a Wrestling Documentary.

Her other awards include Best Cultural Documentary Emmy for Iron Range:  Minnesota Building America; documentary editing for Tales of the Road-Highway 61; the Unity Award in Media for her work on the lifestyle economics series Right On The Money!; the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the Silver Award for Children’s Programming from the National Education Association for her work on the PBS series Newton’s Apple.

Blackstone believes everyone has a story to tell.  Her passion is helping people to tell their stories and sharing them with the world.


favorite links:

  1. USA Wrestling Women’s Team 

  2. Twin Cities Public Television