Lenny Dorfman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He was formally educated at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and at the prestigious American Film Institute Graduate School (AFI) of Motion Picture and Television Production. He started his professional career directing documentaries. His first films, Dancing With Cowboys, The Lost Cowboys and The Youngest Cowboy, were commissioned by Canal Plus France and broadcast and distributed globally. Since embarking on his commercial tv carrer, Lenny has directed campaigns domestically & internationally for the top global ad agencies in the world. Clients such as Nike, Coca Cola, IBM, GE, Proctor & Gamble, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Citibank, Vodafone, and UPS, have repeatedly worked with Dorfman for his ability to capture a visually compelling and emotionally charged narrative.
He directed the pilot episode to Sundance Channel’s television series, Iconoclast. The series ran for six seasons and has been distibuted globally. Dorfman scripted & directed a film and ad campaign starring French football legend Zinedine Zidane on behalf of Qatar’s historic 2022 FIFA World Cup bid. The emotional film combined the most intimate with the historic, capturing the essence of sport’s ability to bring people together and was credited as playing a critical role in bringing the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time. More recently, Dorfman shot and directed campaigns for the FFA Hyundai A-League Football Championship; Hyundai for Innocean USA; “New York Writes Itself,” with Leo Burnett New York, Amex for O&M NY; Chase for McGarry Bowen, Bank of America for Y&R, New York Lottery for DDB & Verizon for McCann NY.
He has won most of the industry’s highest awards, including Gold Lions at the Cannes Advertising Festival, D&AD, The One Show, The AICP/MOMA, British Arrows and was nominated by the Director’s Guild of America for Best Director of the Year.
More recently, he directed the award winning TV pilot Film, Bring Back the Cat (Amanda Abbington, Syrus Lowe & Ellie Bamber) that he adapted from the Joe Sixsmith Detective Series authored by acclaimed novelist, Reginald Hill (Dalziel & Pascoe). Bring Back the Cat First premiered at the Montreal Film Festival.