Lucy Walker is best known for directing four feature documentary films: Devil's Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Waste Land (2010) and Countdown to Zero (2010).
Her two most recent movies both premiered at Sundance 2010 – the first time a documentary director has had two feature films in one year at this festival.
Waste Land also premiered at Sundance 2010 and is the first film ever to win the Audience Awards at both Sundance and Berlin, as well as the Audience Awards at Full Frame, Provincetown, Paulinia and Maui film festivals, in addition to the Amnesty International Award at Berlin, the Jury Award at Paulinia, and the $25,000 Target Best Documentary Award at Dallas International Film Festival.
Waste Land is the uplifting story of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and a lively group of catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, who find a way from the world's largest garbage dump in Rio de Janeiro to the most prestigious auction house in London via the surprising transformation of refuse into contemporary art.
Walker is also the first filmmaker to ever win the Berlin Audience Award twice, for both Blindsight and Waste Land.