Originally from New York, Liz Friedlander studied at the Drama Conservatory School at Carnegie Mellon in Pennsylvania. She then attended the University of California Santa Cruz, followed by the UCLA Film School, where she graduated as the valedictorian of her class and won the prestigious Frank S. Glicksman Award for her short film Eleven-Twenty.
From there, she worked as a producer and editor, teaming up with The Red Hot Chili Peppers among others, before moving on to become an award-winning music video director. Having directed over 80 music videos for artists such as U2, Celine Dion, REM, Simple Plan, Dido, Avril Lavigne and Joss Stone, she was the perfect choice to direct the musical feature film Take the Lead (2006), starring Antonio Banderas as a dance teacher.
Friedlander lives in Los Angeles.
Take the Lead (2006)