Born in South Africa, raised in Italy, Lauren completed her education at UCLA’s prestigious production graduate program, where, before she left, she had joined the DGA, having directed the second unit on Plush, a Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight) feature.
She followed this up with producing and directing a James Franco project, City Bus, starring Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), which won best director and best narrative short at the 2017 IFS and the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festivals.
Don’t Come Back from the Moon (with Jeff Wahlberg, Rashid Jones, James Franco), a feature Lauren went on to produce, won Best Director at the 2017 LA Film Festival.
Other highlights include the selection of her short, Shoot for the Moon, at the 2018 TIFF Kids’ Festival.
Currently, she’s working on an experimental interactive video for celebrity director/photographer, Tyler Shield, whilst developing projects that combine her love for romance and action.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website is http://shemakesfilms.com/#lauren.
- JACK AND THE BOX STORE by Heidi FitzGerald
- AN INCONVENIENT MIRACLE (No runtime, ) sub. by Kathy Aspden
- BROKEN SPIRITS by Elizabeth Allen
- Only Words by Kathy Aspden
- HOWLER by Sydney Smith
- The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day by Lauren Hoekstra
- The Long Winter by Michael E. Pitts
- Coyote and the Dust-devil (No runtime, ) sub. by Jonah Jones
- If You Wait by Nicole Harris
- Unlove by Rebecca Cromar
- The Provinces by Sinan Cevik
- They Wore Black by James Oliva
- Summer Ends by Melissa McCann
- Darkness in Tenement 45 by Nicole Groton
- Jan Air by Wendy Stetson
FIRST ROUND FINALISTS
- BROKEN SPIRITS BY ELIZABETH ALLEN
- AN INCONVENIENT MIRACLE BY KATHY ASPDEN
- THINGS TO DO BEFORE LEAVING BY JAMES BYRNE
- THE CATS SILHOUETTE BY NICHOLAS CHAR
- JACK AND THE BOX STORE BY HEIDI FITZGERALD
- FOR ELISE BY WILLIAM GAMMON
- EDELWEISS BY ROSEMARY GRIGGS
- DARKNESS IN TENEMENT 45 BY NICOLE GROTON
- IF YOU WAIT BY NICOLE HARRIS
- THE MISKIDS By WENDY J.N. LEE
- SUMMER ENDS BY MELISSA MCCANN
- SWOON BY CARRIE SIGGINS
- HOWLER BY SYDNEY SMITH
- JAN AIR BY WENDY STETSON
- -17 Red- BY SERGIU VALCU
- MEMELOOSE-D6 BY E.F. WINTERS