Lovely Louise Pictures is a collaboration between Vanessa Carr and Josh Gleason. Named after Josh’s still thriving 109-year-old grandmother, Louise Levy, Lovely Louise Pictures was created while living out of a van in Oregon as we began production for our feature-length documentary, Nomads.
A couple in filmmaking and in life, we are a nimble two person team—both directors and crew: Vanessa shoots and Josh records sound. The ability to stay small, and quarantine together, allows us to embed with our subjects for long stretches of time. We both have backgrounds in journalism, and approach our filmmaking with open-minded curiosity.
Vanessa Carr has worked as a director of photography for a decade, filming documentaries and series for PBS, HBO, Disney+, Showtime, FX, and others. Most recently, she was a staff director photography for the upcoming Disney+ series "On Pointe" and The New York Times' documentary television series, "The Weekly" (FX/Hulu), which was nominated for nine Emmy Awards in its first season. Vanessa co-produced "Heroin: Cape Cod, USA" for HBO and "Stickup Kid" for Frontline, two films she also shot. She holds a master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley. Nomads is her first feature documentary as a director.
Josh Gleason's films have screened at festivals across the country--and has been featured on The Atlantic. He co-directed "The Disrupted," an observational feature about America's struggling middle class that premiered at DOK.fest Munich and MountainFilm. He directed and produced "True Believer," a short doc that played at festivals around the country, including the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Nantucket Film Festival. He’s directed and produced numerous programs for PBS, including episodes of American Experience and Finding your Roots. Before becoming a filmmaker, Josh reported and produced stories for NPR.
Modern Times: The European Documentary Magazine
DocLands DocPitch Jury Award 2020
We won a $5,000 Jury Award for our feature documentary Nomads at the 2020 DocPitch at Doclands Documentary Film Festival
MountainFilm Commitment Grant Finalist 2020
Our feature documentary Nomads was selected as a finalist for a 2020 MountainFilm Commitment Grant.
Big Sky Pitch Finalist 2020
We were one of five finalists invited to pitch our feature documentary Nomads at the 2020 Big Sky Pitch at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
Roy W. Dean Grant "Hot Film" 2020
The Roy W. Dean Grant chose Nomads as a "Hot Film in the Making" for Spring 2020.
DOK.Fest Munich 2020 | MountainFilm 2020
The Disrupted, a feature documentary co-directed and produced by Josh, premiered internationally at DOK.Fest Munich and in North America at MountainFilm in 2020.
Ashland Independent Film Festival 2019 | Nantucket Film Festival 2019
True Believer, a short documentary directed and produced by Josh, played at festival across the country and was featured on The Atlantic.
Emmy Nominated Series 2020
Vanessa was a series director of photography for The New York Times' documentary series on FX/Hulu, which was nominated for nine Emmy Awards in 2020. She also provided additional cinematography as part of investigative journalism package that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2020.
Tribeca Film Festival 2017
Vanessa was a director of photography for the HBO documentary, Warning: This Drug May Kill You, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.
Cinema Eye Honors Nominee 2015
Vanessa co-produced and co-shot the HBO documentary, Heroin: Cape Cod, USA, which was nominated for a Cinema Eye Honors for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking.