Lauren Wolkstein

Assistant Professor
120 Annenberg Hall, 2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Lauren Wolkstein is an assistant professor of film and an award-winning filmmaker who received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University’s graduate film program and a BA in computer science and film from Duke University. Her films have screened all over the world including Sundance, SXSW, San Sebastian. She has directed for Gucci and edited for brands such as Dickies and Diet Coke, as well as various non-profit organizations. Lauren Wolkstein was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project’s inaugural Emerging Visions program at the 2011 New York Film Festival. In the summer of 2013, Filmmaker Magazine crowned her as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” which is an annual selection of faces who will be shaping the independent film world in the future. She is an alumna of IFP’s Emerging Narrative/Storytellers and No Borders International Co-Production Market, as well as the Berlinale Talent Campus. Professor Wolkstein has taught narrative directing, film theory, filmmaking, visual storytelling, producing, editing, and screenwriting at various institutions, such as Columbia University School of the Arts, Trinity College, Franklin & Marshall, and Dickinson College. At Temple University, she teaches Senior Projects, Graduate Thesis Development, and Scene Analysis.

          MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts

          BA, Duke University

Recent work:

  • Social Butterfly, shot in the south of France, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and was chosen as one of ten films to play at the inaugural Sundance NEXT WEEKEND Film Festival in Los Angeles.
  • Cigarette Candy, Wolkstein’s thesis film at Columbia University, received the Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director, Plum Pictures Most Promising Filmmaker Award, Best Narrative Short at SXSW and Palm Springs International ShortFest, as well as several other Oscar-qualifying festival wins.
  • The Strange Ones, co‐directed with Christopher Radcliff, was awarded the Focus Features Best Film Award, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and has screened at over one hundred film festivals worldwide, including Rotterdam, Clermont‐Ferrand, SXSW, Tokyo, Woodstock, Melbourne, Chicago, San Francisco, and BAMCinemaFest. The Strange Ones has received numerous awards, including several Oscar-qualifying festival wins, such as Best Narrative Short at the Hamptons and Atlanta Film Festival.
  • Jonathan’s Chest (directed by collaborator Christopher Radcliff), which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Currently, Wolkstein is developing a television show with the New York based production company Parts & Labor and has two feature films in the works.

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