Lena Dunham (born May 13, 1986) is a New York-based filmmaker. She is the daughter of Laurie Simmons, an artist and photographer, and Carroll Dunham, a painter. Dunham graduated from Oberlin College in 2008, where she studied Creative Writing. Her 2009 feature film, Tiny Furniture, won Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, and garnered her an Independent Spirit Award (see here).
Dunham's television series, Girls, was green lit by HBO in early 2011. The show will be executive produced by Judd Apatow.