"Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes."
Born in Cascavel, Brasil, Luisa Novo graduated in Cinema at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. In 2011 she relocated to Los Angeles to continue her education at the New York Film Academy and UCLA, earning certificates in Producing and Business and Management of Entertainment and an MFA in Filmmaking.
She has directed a number of short films both in Brazil and the US, where she used her perspective and point of view to shine a light on issues that arise from how society and culture affect women's lives. Some recurring themes in her stories are self-image, self-worth, machismo, sexual harassment and assault. These are heavy subjects, but she believes in using storytelling to start a conversation and move toward change in the world.
In a change of pace, she directed her first comedy project in 2020: the pilot for breakLAND, a workplace comedy web series. She had a blast creating the whole world of the fictitious Joyland theme park and bringing to life the story's characters. Like the many comedies she loves, she believes comedy can tackle important topics in a relatable way, showing the every day of common people.
When she is not writing or directing, she works as an Assistant Director in Film and TV, with projects varying in size and budget.
She participated in the Hola Mexico Film Festival Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today Program in 2019, presented by HBO and HFPA, which highlights emerging Latinx filmmakers. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, Chicana Directors’ Initiative, Women in Media, Women in Film and NALIP.