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