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Lauren Knapp

Lauren Knapp

Documentary Film and Video
B.A., Grinnell College, 2006


Lauren Knapp is a non-fiction storyteller who works across platforms to share true and compelling stories. She has been working in film, television, and radio since 2006 and her stories have been broadcast on the PBS NewsHour, PRI’s The World, WQED, and The Allegheny Front. In 2011, she moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with the support of a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship where she produced Live From UB (2015), an award-winning feature length documentary on rock music and national identity among Mongolia’s urban youth.

With a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College and a background in journalism, Lauren found a marriage of her interests in documentary film. Her films aim to provoke more questions than they answer, whether examining globalization (Live From UB), the practice of active shooter safety drills in elementary schools (Lockdown, 2015), citizen scientists who blur the line between biological innovation and body modification (Science for the Masses, 2015), the experience of aging and solitude among four women in their 80s (Neighbors in Time, 2015), or the role of medicine in state executions (Sandman, 2016). She is currently pursuing an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University.



Jerry Jensen Memorial Graduate Scholarship, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 2015
Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship, 2015
The Breitrose Awards, by the Enersen Foundation, 2016
UFVA Carole Fielding Grant, 2016

The Sandman 

hd video
JUNE, 2016
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A doctor walks the line of his own morality as he participates in lethal injections, while personally opposing capital punishment.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Jury’s Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival, 2017
Montclair Film Festival, 2017
Atlanta Film Festival, 2017
Bethesda Film Fest, 2017
Windrider International Student Film Festival, 2017
Dam Short Film Festival, 2017
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2017
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2017
The New York Times Op-Docs page, 2017

Neighbors in Time

previously titled  Third Acts

hd video
JUNE, 2015

A subsidized senior apartment complex provides the backdrop for a meditation on aging, solitude, and femininity.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nominee, Best Student Film, IndieCapitol Awards, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, 2016
North Beach American Film Festival, 2017
Artomatic, 2017
Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival, 2016
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2016
Cucalorus Film Festival, 2015
Stranger Stories: Documentaries by Stanford Students, Cantor Arts Center, 2015

Science for the Masses 

HD Video
Co-directed by Chris Ward
MARCH, 2015

Two citizen scientists challenge the monolith of the scientific industry through their own open source experimentation, all from the comfort of their garage.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Student Documentary Under 10 Minutes, Raw Science Film Festival, 2015
Artomatic, 2017
Labocine, 2017
Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival, 2016
InScience Film Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2016
SF Indie Fest, 2016
Imagine Science Film Festival, 2015


16mm black and white film

In elementary schools nationwide, students and teachers rehearse for the possibility of a violent intruder through lockdown drills.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Director's Choice Award - 4th Prize, Black Maria Film Festival, 2015
Best Student Film, Wheaton Film Festival, 2016
Nominee, Best Cinematography, IndieCapitol Awards, 2016
WIFTI Showcase, 2017
SWAN Day, 2017
WIFV-DC Wednesday One, 2017
Artomatic, 2017
Festival Internacional De Cortometrajes Cine A La Calle, Barranquilla, Colombia, 2017
North Beach American Film Festival, 2017
Independent Film Festival Boston, 2016
Thin Line Film Festival, 2016
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2016
(In)Justice For All Film Festival, 2016
International KurtzFilmFestival Landau La.Meko, Landau, Germany, 2016
SF Indie Fest, 2016
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2016
Roxie Theater, San Francisco, 2016
Streaming via. The Atlantic, 2015



June 11, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
June 11, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
March 17, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
December 9, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium

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