Lili Schad

August 30, 1960 - December 20, 2015

In the News

Go Wild…in your Living room!
Palo Alto Weekly
 – by Peter Gauvin – June 13, 2001
Shot in some of America’s most beautiful landscapes, from the high desert grandeur of the Eastern Sierra to the rocky coast of Maine, Go Wild! videos feature Jennifer Varno, leading all-terrain, full-body workouts and sharing her infectious enthusiasm for keeping fit in the biggest gym ever created. Directed and Produced by Lili Schad.

Video Helps Parents Read to Kids
San Jose Mercury News – By Theresa Johnston – June 16, 2000
Glumac and the Peninsula Community Foundation’s Center for Venture Philanthropy have come out with a low-cost video aimed at teaching parents to share books with even the youngest children. “Read Aloud: Share a Book with Me.” Directed and Produced by Lili Schad.

The Monster at Maverick’s: Documentary profiles awe-inspiring big wave spot.
Santa Cruz Sentinel – by Wallace Baine – March 5, 1999
“We’re lucky enough to have the world’s biggest surfable wave right here off the San Francisco Peninsula,” says producer Lili Schad, of Clearwater Films. “Our new film documents the discovery of Maverick’s. And we’ll give viewers some idea of what it’s like to surf out there.”

The ghosts of a long-lost natural wonder
Telluride Times-Journal – By Douglas McDaniel – May 17-23, 1998
Let the River Run, won Grand Jury Award at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival. It depicts how the once-magical Glen Canyon appeared before the dam, and the flooding of Lake Powell, stole it away.

Extreme Measures: Lili Schad found the biggest waves in the world right outside her door.
Release Print Magazine (Owned by Film Arts Foundation) – by Holly Payne – October 1998
Schad teamed up with surfer Grant Washburn to film the newly discovered top surfing spot in the world.

Hawaiian International Film Fest
DOCUMENTARY “MAVERICK’S” ENGULFS AUDIENCE IN SURFING DRAMA
Honolulu Advertiser - by Mike Leidemann – November 15, 1998
Shot over nearly four years at Maverick’s the now well known surf spot south of San Francisco, the film traces a decade of changes at the point break, once considered unrideable, but now crowded to the point of danger.

Maverick’s Is All About Breaks: Filmmaker, surfer’s lucky encounter led to documentary on premier surf spot
San Francisco Chronicle – By Sam Whiting – December 16, 1998
Lili Schad was an extreme-sports film-maker who didn’t know that one of the most extreme sports of all was taking place right outside her window.

Classic Surf Site Captured in New Film
San Francisco Chronicle – by Paul McHugh – May 19, 1998
“We’re lucky enough to have the world’s biggest surfable wave right here off the San Francisco Peninsula,” says producer Lili Schad, of Clearwater Films. “Our new film documents the discovery of Maverick’s. And we’ll give viewers some idea of what it’s like to surf out there.”

The Old Man and the River
Los Angeles Times
 – by John Balzar – May 11, 1997
Martin Litton has spent his life crusading to keep dams off the Colorado and other Western waterways. At 80, he decided to take up the oars for what could be his last ride through the Grand Canyon.

Focused on Adventure: El Granada filmmaker Lili Schad reaches a personal summit with the creation of Clearwater Films
Half Moon Bay Review – by Stett Holbrook – January/February 1996
About the film ‘Fire and Ice’ — depicting the first-ever ascent and descent of Mount Kronotski, a snow-covered volcano in Kamchatka, Russia.

Future Primitive: Mike Jacoby and a Russian Volcano get the best of each other …
Snowboarding Magazine – By Lili Schad – March 1994
Behind the filming of  ‘Fire and Ice’

Lili Schad Glen Canyon

Recognition & Awards

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Betraying Reason
World Premiere - Montreal International Film Festival (2003)
Official Selection - Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival (2004)
Official Selection - Wine Country Film Festival (2004)

Let the River Run: A Journey Through Glen Canyon
Jury Award – Telluride Mountain Film Festival (1999)
Communicator Crystal Award (1999)
Official Selection – Taos International Film Festival (2001)

Maverick's: A Documentary Film
Official Selection – Taos International Film Festival (2001)
Official Selection – Tahoe International Film Festival (2000)
Official Selection – Hawaii International Film Festival (1999)
Official Selection – San Francisco Asian Film Festival (1999)
Official Selection – Film Arts Film Festival San Francisco (1998) 

Forest Family Forever
GOLD Medal, CINDY Award (2001) 

The Amazing World of Wildlife
Telly Award (1998) 

Grand Canyon Wilderness
Official Selection - Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival (2002)
Official Selection, Ashland Film Festival (2002)
Official Selection, Cave Junction Film Festival (2002) 

The Deal (PSA)
Telly Award (1997) 

Read Aloud
Joey Award of Excellence (2000)
Catalyst Award (2000)
Communicator Crystal Award (2000)
Aegis Award of Excellence (2000)
Omni Intermedia Award (2000)
Vision Award (2000) 

Fire & Ice
Official Selection – Telluride Mountain Film Festival (1997)
Official Selection – Image Film Festival (1997)