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The Lavin Agency boasts a world-renowned roster of filmmakers: award-winning and genre-defining storytellers who capture today’s economic, social, and political spirit through the unforgettable lens of cinema.


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Mira Nair

Director of Queen of Katwe, Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Raised in India, schooled at Harvard, and living in New York City, Mira Nair uses her natural grasp of identity conflict to make films that explore race, gender, inter-generational strife, cultural ap...

Spike Lee

Director of Do the Right Thing and When the Levees Broke

Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, ab...

Shalini Kantayya

Filmmaker, Eco-Activist, TED Fellow

Clean tech has to start locally. And it has to happen here. Filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya shows us that sustainable energy isn’t just right for the environment, but also means...

Bassam Tariq

TED Fellow and Director of These Birds Walk

Bassam Tariq is a TED Fellow and director of the acclaimed film These Birds Walk. Through his work—as a filmmaker, blogger, and halal butcher shop owner—he shares intimate stories of Muslims from arou...

Rob Cohen

Emmy Award-Winning Writer and Producer (The Simpsons, Being Canadian)

What makes Canada so great, yet so misunderstood? In the film Being Canadian, writer and producer Rob Cohen set out on a road-trip to discover just that. The result? That Canada is so much more than h...

Lynda Obst

One of Hollywood’s Most Successful Film and Television Producers

Lynda Obst is a Hollywood super-producer behind hits like Interstellar, Sleepless in Seattle, and Contact, and now the new critically acclaimed series Good Girls Revolt. She offers insights on the dra...

Edward Burtynsky

World-Renowned Photographer, Winner of the TED Prize

A world-renowned photographer, Edward Burtynsky creates stunning photos—“reflecting pools of our time”—that explore large-scale social, political, and economic issues, including water, oil, and the up...