Lizzie Borden was born in Detroit, Michigan. After receiving a BFA in art history at Wellesley College, she moved to New York, where she wrote for Artforum magazine and enlisted art-world friends such as Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Bogosian and Adele Bertei to appear in her film, Born in Flames, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award. Born in Flames was restored by the Anthology Film Archives in 2016 and has been screened worldwide. Over the years it has appeared in over 100 film festivals and has been written about extensively, called by New Yorker critic Richard Brody “a feminist masterpiece.”
Borden also wrote, directed, and produced the successful and controversial independent fiction film Working Girls, depicting the day of a prostitute in a midtown New York brothel, which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It won Best Feature at the Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Miramax Films. Borden has, over the years, directed various TV episodes. Her script about Bob Marley, Rebels, is in pre-production. Her film about freedom of choice, Rialto, set in the 1950’s, which she wrote and will direct, is also in pre-production. She is developing a limited series about the art world and is editing stories by strippers for a book, Honey on a Razor.