BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE HOSTED BY NICK LACHEY: Little White Lie Star + Director Lacey Schwartz Explains How She Uncovered Her True Race
“Little White Lie” operates both on the level of personal portrait, utilizing endless film footage of Schwartz and her family in their everyday life, and at Bat Mitzahs, and also as an examination of whiteness and its supposed invisibility...but Schwartz, with her tan skin and tight curls, isn’t afforded this privilege even if she believed she was white. - Nijla Mumin
Schwartz, with her co-director, James Adolphus, turns what really should have been a non-mystery and non-secret into a kind of domestic thriller, at the center of which is the human capacity for self-delusion.
The Brian Lehrer Show
Lacey Schwartz wins the documentary section prize for her documentary work-in-progress, 'Outside The Box' at the TAA Awards during the 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. (Mat Szwajkos/Getty)
The Philadelphia Tribune
"In this deeply personal and riveting exploration of bi-racial identity, Schwartz asks: What makes us who we are?" - Kimberly C. Roberts / The Philadelphia Tribune
"The success of Little White Lie provokes the deeper conversation. Lacey Schwartz will know how to sustain it with courage and insight that can open up whole new ways of seeing our world". - Susan Reimer-Torn, The Forward
Although this film-making duo breaks the rules of this list a bit, they helped craft two remarkable movies this year that stand out as examples of how the journalistic eye can be brought to bear on diverse forms of visual storytelling. - Sarah Stillman
"While Schwartz the filmmaker has embraced her black identity, it has not been at the expense of the strong Jewish cultural identity she developed during her formative years." - Rebecca Spence / JTA
"Schwartz gets behind the camera to interview childhood friends, parents, relatives... What follows is a beautiful, intimate, and complex exploration." - Diana Clarke / LA Weekly
A woman who grew up believing that she was a white Jewish girl with two Caucasian parents has created a powerful documentary which details her discovery that her biological father is actually a black man with whom her mother had a brief affair. - Erica Tempesta
KPCC's The Frame
Schwartz spoke with The Frame host John Horn about her decision to pursue her story via film, how she came to understand her ethnicity and what she plans on teaching her kids about race and identity.
"Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz explores how race, culture and family shape a person’s sense of identity in this documentary and personal detective story." - Anita Katz / The Examiner
For the first 18 years of her life Lacey Schwartz knew she was white. With her dark skin, curly hair and full lips, she was a nice Jewish girl from Woodstock, New York. And then — she wasn’t.
New Jersey Jewish Times
The result is a film about family secrets, about Jewish and African-American identity, and about race in an increasingly diverse America.
“Little White Lie” follows Lacey’s efforts to unravel the truth and talk with her relatives about the family secret, as well as to cast aside her false previous identity and to embrace a new one as a person who is both biracial and Jewish. - Naomi Pfefferman
Miami New Times
It's a smart and tightly-edited documentary drawn with narration, home videos, and interviews.
When Lacey Schwartz was accepted at Georgetown University, it was a dream come true. It also blew the lid off a tightly-guarded secret.
In the documentary Little White Lie, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz spins a compelling story about embracing her racial identity.
The Washington Post
After some family discord, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz returns to Upstate New York with serious questions about her racial identity on the documentary.
To The Best of Our Knowledge
Lacey Schwartz was raised in a white, upper middle class, Jewish household in upstate New York. After going off to college she uncovered a closely guarded family secret — she was biracial. Lacey chronicles the revelation and her own search for identity in the documentary Little White Lie.
"In this narrative, Schwartz shapes the story of her quintessential “all Jewish middle-class family” from Woodstock, NY, who for years harbored the secret that Schwartz was conceived through an affair between her mother and Rodney Parker, ... from Brooklyn." - Charing Ball / The Grio (MSNBC)
Harvard Law Today
Lacey Schwartz ’03 will return to Cambridge this weekend to speak about her new documentary “Little White Lie,” showing Saturday Nov. 15 and 17 as part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.
The journey has Schwartz embracing the truth about her real identity and what it means for her as a woman who now identifies as being black, when she once identified as white.
Sandi Klein's Conversations with Creative Women
Lacey is the director and subject of Little White Lie, a riveting, powerful, emotional documentary that traces her upbringing as an only child in a white, Jewish family in upstate New York.
Schwartz tells the riveting true story of how she grew up believing that she was white, despite her physical appearance that suggested the truth.
Eat Drink Films
"Moviegoers who aren’t Jewish—a majority of the population, I’m told—and are interested in good films should be advised that the SFJFF and New York Jewish Film Festival (in January) are the prime destinations for many films at the beginning of their U.S. festival and exhibition lives." - Michael Fox / Eat Drink Films
San Francisco Bay Guardian
"The aptly-titled Little White Lie clocks in at just over an hour, but it packs in a miniseries' worth of emotional complexity and honesty. Schwartz will be on hand at the film's San Francisco and Berkeley screenings — the Q&As are sure to be lively." - Cheryl Eddy / the San Francisco Bay Guardian online
Voice of America
Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in upstate New York, where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Carolyn Weaver