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 background includes becoming a 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellow which offers an intensive year long mentorship program for emerging filmmakers.
My work has been featured on the NY Times, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Salon, and MovieMaker Magazine.
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, Hot Docs 2018).
I am currently in production on a film about the last abortion clinic in the Rio Grande Valley community of McAllen, Texas.