Six Letter Word
Six Letter Word

Six Letter Word

Director Lisanne Sartor

Production year 2013

Length 17min.



A down-on-her-luck, devoted single mom writes off her young son's crossword puzzle obsession as genius. She does so until an unexpected encounter with a stranger makes her realize that her son needs much more than she alone can give him.


Best Dramatic Short | IFS FF, USA, 2013

Platinum Remi | Worldfest FF, USA, 2013

Jean Picker Firstenberg Award of Excellence | AFI Directing Workshop for Women, USA, 2013

Best Student Short Film, Best Student Director, Best Actor | Women’s Independent FF, USA, 2013


Lisanne Sartor
Lisanne Sartor



Xiaolin Yu, Derrick Pete, Lisanne Sartor


Lisanne Sartor

Director of Photography

Samuel Kim

Production designer

Melissa Ficociello

Music by

Ron McBain


Beau Baker


Carl Pfirman


Rumer Willis, Josh Braaten, Rio Mangini

Production company(ies)

Gemelle Films

Lisanne Sartor

Born 1966, Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Yale University with an English degree, studying sculpture and photography in Italy, and working for a New Jersey state senator, Lisanne Sartor moved to Los Angeles to be a writer/director. She got waylaid when she was admitted to the DGA Assistant Director Training Program. She received an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, where she won numerous screenwriting awards, including the Samuel Goldwyn Award. She recently completed a short film, Six Letter Word, which she wrote and directed through the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. It was screened at the American Pavilion at Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase and the Cannes Short Film Corner in May 2013.


Six Letter Word (2013, short).

FILMS 2013