Eliza Hittman is an Indiana University alumna and award-winning filmmaker, born and based in New York City. Her most recent feature Beach Rats won the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic Feature, for which Variety compared Hittman to “ … auteurs ranging from Claire Denis to early Lynne Ramsay.” After attending IU for undergraduate studies, Hittman received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, School of Film/Video. In 2011, Hittman’s short film Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight was included in Indiewire’s list of “the Best of the Best” at Sundance. In 2013, her debut feature film It Felt Like Love was voted one of the top 10 films at Sundance by Film Comment’s Laura Kern. Also that year, Hittman was listed as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and nominated as the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director and for the John Cassavetes Spirit Award. She has also recently been guest director on HBO’s High Maintenance. IU Cinema is excited to welcome back this highly celebrated indie filmmaker and Indiana University alumna.