Lesley Powers is a narrative filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She recently graduated from Sundance's Directing Actors Co//lab where she honed her skills directing working actors. In 2019 she was a judge for the Circle City Film Festival, and a Top 10 Jury Picked finalist in the SheDirected competition (helmed by Kate Bosworth) for her short film - Don’t Tell Mom. Powers, a former panel coordinator for the Bentonville Film Festival is a big believer in the festivals' mission of diversity and inclusion. She had a 98% female crew on her 2018 short film, Make Yourself at Home. Her first short film, Mr. Johnson's Julius Caesar, made her a Nashville Film Festival 2015 Horizon Award nominee and sparked her directing journey.
She runs her Production company, Naptown Entertainment, named after her hometown of IndiaNAPolis. Powers is producing two feature films, Hey Hun and Besties, and a brand new series - This is a Lot, under that banner.
Lesley resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She loves funfetti cupcakes, Sex and the City re-runs, and being on set.
2015 NAFF HORIZON AWARD NOMINEE
2017 MIDDLE TN 54 HOUR FILM FEST BEST DIRECTOR
2019 SHEDIRECTED TOP 10 JURY PICK