Laurie Thomas is a writer and filmmaker with roots in Miami, FL; Kingston, Jamaica; and the San Francisco Bay area.
As a filmmaker, Thomas works in both documentary and narrative film. In 2017, her commissioned documentary short, Black Girl Magic, about the lives of young black girls, was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Video. She is one of the producers of the short dark comedy, Everybody Dies!, directed by Frances Bodomo, for the omnibus feature Collective:Unconscious and licensed for HBO's series Random Acts of Flyness. Her other works have screened at numerous film festivals including the Palm Springs Shorts Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Florida Film Festival where her short, Prima Donna, won the 2012 Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film and qualified for the 2013 Academy Award's "Best Live Action Short Film" category. Her work has appeared on Essence, MTV, Huffington Post, Fusion, among others.
As a fiction writer Thomas has been a participant of the Tin House Intensive Workshop, the Catapult Writing Workshop, and has received scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, MacDowell Colony, and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Thomas holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and is at work on a feature script and a story collection.
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