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Producer Mickey Lemle

Lemle has been making feature films, television series and documentary specials since 1968. His film and television works have been shown theatrically, on television and at film festivals around the world. He also holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and founded Lemle Pictures, Inc. in 1977. Lemle has served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal, on the board of several arts foundations and is currently co-chairman of the board of the Tibet Fund.

In 1992, Lemle produced and directed the documentary
Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama, which was broadcast on PBS and received numerous awards and honors including two Emmy nominations for Best Director and Best Documentary and the Grand Prize at the Earth/Peace Film Festival. In 1989, he co-wrote (with Arnie Reisman), produced and directed The Other Side of the Moon, also broadcast on PBS. The film looks at the experiences of the men who went to the moon; what happened to them on their journeys and what happened to them in the 20 years after. In 1990, Lemle produced and directed Our Planet Earth for the United Nations, featuring 17 astronauts and cosmonauts from ten different countries who each describe what happened to them while in space and how looking back on our planet inspired them all to take better care of it. Lemle’s film Hasten Slowly: The Journey of Sir Laurens Van Der Post (1996) weaves a tapestry of key moments in the life of an extraordinary writer, filmmaker, commando leader, statesman and anthropologist. The film received a Golden Maile Audience Choice Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival, among other honors. Lemle co-executive produced (with Kit Laybourne) an eight-part series for PBS in 1982 entitled Media Probes that garnered the Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle and a prestigious DuPont Award. He personally produced and directed five of the eight programs. Lemle's other honors include the 1976 American Film Festival Blue Ribbon for A Woman's Place is in the House (with Nancy Porter), a half-hour portrait of Massachusetts State Representative Elaine Noble, and a personal Emmy nomination for editing P.O.W. and Jim, two programs in the Religious America series. An editor on Michael Romer's Dying in 1976, Lemle also directed, shot and edited segments of the Emmy Award-winning series Zoom and the Peabody Award-winning series Eye-To-Eye.

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