LISA J DOOLEY
WRITER . DIRECTOR
Lisa J Dooley recently graduated with her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Before attending USC, Dooley received her B.F.A. in Drama at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
‘Ben is Dead’, Dooley’s graduate thesis (which she wrote and directed), stars Kaitlyn Black (‘Hart of Dixie’, ‘Raising Hope’) and Marguerite Moreau (‘Wet Hot American Summer’, ‘Queen of the Damned’). 'Ben Is Dead' premiered in October 2017 at the Carmel International Film Festival.
In 2014, Dooley was approached by producer Mali Elfman to create a 5 minute film for the Fun Size Horror Collective, an online project that gathered 31 horror shorts from dozens of filmmakers to be released online during the month of October. Her short ‘Persephone’, was featured on Shock Till You Drop, Bloody Disgusting, and distributed through Gravitas Ventures on Hulu, iTunes and Amazon.com under the Fun Size Horror: Year One banner. After buzz generated by screenings in the festival circuit, including the Mile High Horror Festival, ScareLA, and a writeup on Blumhouse.com, 'Persephone' was named #4 on Screamfest's 2017 'Top 5 Shorts Directed by Women' and screened at select Alamo Drafthouses before 'Jigsaw'. Dooley is currently adapting ‘Persephone’ into a feature film.
Dooley paired with Fun Size Horror once again with the release of her homage to ‘Are you Afraid of the Dark’, Light as a Feather, which was selected to be part of the 2018 Etheria Film Night Tour. Light as a Feather is now available on Amazon Prime Video.
Other short films written and directed by Dooley have been featured on Cracked.com, Film School Rejects, Funny or Die, and screened at over a dozen film festivals across the country and abroad.
While studying at USC, Dooley met production designer Dawn Snyder (‘Arrested Development’, ‘Psych’) and went on to work in her art departments for the Netflix series ‘Best Worst Weekend Ever’ and the 2018 Paramount Pictures pilot ‘Girls Code’, directed by Paul Feig.
Dooley is also a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe 'Pursued by Bear Comedy'.
She founded the group with fellow NYU Alumni Kelly Landry and Craig Lee Thomas in 2009.