is an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Spirit Award-nominated documentary director. Her most recent film, The Departure, was called “A work of art” by the San Francisco Chronicle, “Stunning” by Filmmaker Magazine, and “A genuinely spiritual experience” by the Washington Post. The Departure premiered at Tribeca in 2017 and was nominated for the 2018 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. It opened theatrically at New York’s Metrograph, followed by a release in over 30 US cities. It was picked up for distribution by FilmRise and nationally broadcast on PBS last year.
Wilson’s previous film, After Tiller, premiered at Sundance in 2013 and won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary. It was also nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, four Cinema Eye Honors, and the Ridenhour Prize. After Tiller was theatrically released in 50 US cities by Oscilloscope and nationally broadcast on POV. The film was named one of the top five documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review, and featured in “Best of 2013” lists in the LA Times, Village Voice, Indiewire, Artforum, and more. Flavorwire named it one of the “50 Best Documentaries of All Time.”
Wilson has also worked in television and short-form filmmaking. She directed A Cure for Fear, a short-form web series that premiered at Camden in 2018 and recently launched on First Look Media’s Topic.com. She also wrote and produced the premiere episode of the National Geographic documentary miniseries I Am Rebel (2016). Wilson has been awarded artist fellowships from the Sundance Institute, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Film Independent, and was named to DOC NYC’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. She is a recipient of the 2019 Chicken & Egg Award. Wilson is a graduate of Wesleyan University and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.