"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 Extension, 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.
She is now developing an Anthology Feature titled Through The Blinds with six other women directors. The film is a collection of intimate stories that take place over seven decades under one roof, with female protagonists ranging from a 50’s housewife to a present-day career-focused millennial.
When she is not writing or directing, she works as an Assistant Director in Film and TV, with projects varying in size and budget.