Lauren Wolkstein

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Lauren Wolkstein is a NYC-based filmmaker originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her debut feature The Strange Ones, starring Alex Pettyfer and James Freedson-Jackson, premiered to critical acclaim at SXSW '17 and was one of John Waters favorite films of the year. She co-directed the film with Christopher Radcliff, based on their Sundance short of the same name. Lauren’s previous shorts, including Social Butterfly (Sundance ’13) and Cigarette Candy (SXSW ’10 Grand Jury Prize), have played festivals around the world. She most recently directed episodes of Ava DuVernay's critically acclaimed QueenSugar, Marvel's Cloak & Dagger, and USA's forthcoming show Dare Me. Wolkstein is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Women at Sundance Fellow through the Sundance Institute. In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine listed her as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film." Lauren received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University and is an assistant professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University.


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