Hi! My name is Leah Galant. I currently live in New York specializing in documentary producing and directing with additional experience as a cinematographer and editor.
The idea that films can transport people into rooms, places and conversations they otherwise would not engage in- is what drives my work. Focusing on social justice issued based stories- I see the filmmaking process as a collaborative learning experience. It is my goal to amplify and embolden community stories of resilience, resistance and change. Past projects included films about re-entry, abortion, and elder stories.
My work has been featured on the NY Times, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Salon, MovieMaker Magazine and earned Vimeo Staff Picks..
While a student at Ithaca College, I was named Variety magazine's "110 Students to Watch in Film and Media" for my work on The Providerand Beyond the Wall. The Provider is about the story of a traveling abortion provider in Texas. The Provider won a Student Emmy Award and screened at various festivals including SXSW and Palm Springs Shortfest. I was the Fall 2016 inaugural Sally Burns Shenkman Women Filmmaker Fellow at Jacob Burns Film Center where I completed my latest projects Kitty and Ellen (DOC NYC 2017) and Death Metal Grandma (SXSW 2018, NY Times Op-Docs) which won Best Documentary at the American Pavilion during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
I am currently in production on a film about the last abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley community of McAllen, Texas that is supported by the Gucci Tribeca Film Fund, Film Independent, and Sundance Institute.