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Leah Bleich is an award-winning director, producer, writer, editor, executive, part-time hype woman and full-time friend to dogs.

Leah has wanted to work in entertainment for as long as she can remember. After a decade performing in every play, short film, and onstage opportunity she could wrangle, she attended college at UC Santa Barbara and discovered a passion for behind-the-camera work. Since then, she has consistently seized every opportunity to immerse herself in film. In college, whether she was founding a 40-person film coalition (The Filmmaker’s Co-op), organizing cinematography conferences (CamCon), or building a community of female filmmakers (Women in Film), her personal life has always been subsumed by storytelling. Her directing thesis, “Elsewhere,” played at festivals around the country before receiving the top award in its category at the LA Music Video Festival.

She currently works as a Creative Executive at Solstice Studios. This position was preceded by an obligatory stint at Creative Artists Agency, as well as internships at companies including Blumhouse Films, The Exchange, Mandalay Sports Media, MAS Production. She continues to write and direct despite the deluge of script-reading that a development job entails. She most recently wrote, directed, shot, and co-edited a 10-minute short film, “Jack 2003,” which premiered at the Prague International Indie Film Festival.

She believes in the magic of storytelling, and she believes in entertainment’s ability to invoke positive change.


THE MOON AND BACK is a light-hearted dramedy in the spirit of LADY BIRD meets BE KIND REWIND. One year after her father’s death, high school senior Lydia Lee feels completely lost… until she discovers something unexpected: “Space Chronicles,” the screenplay for a $200M+ space opera written by her dad. Equipped with just a VHS camera and pocket change, Lydia decides to make this script a reality. With this project, we have the opportunity to exemplify the indie film spirit through a story that proves that the limitations of storytelling extend only as far as your creativity. With a female presence behind the camera and in front of the camera (and behind the on-screen camera, too), I believe this project can be an inspiration for any budding young creator with a story to tell and the will to make their dream a reality.


  • Lydia – Isabel May
  • Simon – Miles Gutierrez-Riley
  • Diane – Missi Pyle
  • Mr. Martin – P.J. Byrne
  • Peter – Nat Faxon
  • George – Roman Michael
  • Mariana – Molly Jackons
  • Josh – Taiv Lee
  • Young Lydia – Riley Madison Fuller
  • Clara – Elyse Pham
  • Claudia – Chantal Casutt
  • Director of Photography – Freddie Whitman
  • Production Designer – Miko Reyes
  • Costume Designer – Chantal Filson
  • Edited – Josh Snyder
  • Supervising Producers – Tobias Deml, Hiroki Kamada
  • Co-Producer – Bret Howe
  • Associate Producer – Rob Guillen, Stephan Masnyj, Javier Montoya
  • Music Composer – Wesley Huges
  • Casting – Bret Howe, c.s.a
  • First Assistant Director – Javier Montoya
  • Second Assistant Director – David Sigura
  • First Assistant Camera – Mario Angel Hernandez
  • Second Assistant Camera – Stephan Le
  • Additional Second Assistant Camera – Sierra Bove
  • B-Cam Operator – Harrison Wayne
  • Additional B-Cam Operator – Tobias Deml
  • Script Supervisor – Mika Pham
  • Location Sound Mixer – Jonathan Millet
  • Key Grip – Glenn Dicus
  • Gaffer – Carlos Gonzalez
  • Hair and Makeup – Diana Villa
  • Set Dresser – Nate Scott
  • Additional Set Dresser – Monica O’Hara
  • Property Master – Chaya Johnson
  • Set Costumer – Sierra Barrett
  • Production Coordinator – Abby Sorkin
  • Casting Associate – Benj Bermudez
  • Catering – Seventeen Cafe
  • Covid Compliance Officers – Sebastian Jimenez, Nastia Yalley, Courtney Kimball, Jennifer Buchalla, Stephan Masnj
  • Production Assistants – Isabel Nguyen, Joanne Yu
  • Visual Effects – FilmworksFX
  • Opening Titles – Josh Snyder
  • Assistant Editor – Lillian Engel
  • Additional Assistant Editor – Astrid Cedeno Franco
  • Post Sound Mixer – Jamey Heath
  • Score Producer & Supervising Music Editor – Rory Doggett
    Color and Finish – COMPANY 3
  • Colorist – Tyler Roth
  • Finishing Editor – Paul Carlin
  • Finishing Producer – Tatianna Kroha
  • Supervising Finishing Producer – Laura Holeman
  • Image Scientist – Dr. John Quartel
  • Technologist – Mike Chiado
  • Color Assistant – Michael Ochoa
  • Finishing Executive – Jackie Lee
  • Head of Production – Carl Moore
  • CO3 Executive Producer – Stephan Sonnenfeld
The Moon and Back Submission
The Moon and Back Submission
Monthly Update #1
Monthly Update #1
Monthly Update #2 - Casting Update
Monthly Update #2 - Casting Update
Monthly Update #3
Monthly Update #3
Monthly Update #4
Monthly Update #4
Monthly Update #5
Monthly Update #5
Monthly Update #6
Monthly Update #6