Laurie Thomas is a writer and filmmaker with roots in Miami, New York, Kingston and the San Francisco Bay area. Her work explores themes of racial and gender violence, home and displacement in African-American communities.
Her short films have screened at several festivals including the Palm Springs International Shorts Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Florida Film Festival where her film Prima Donna (2013) won the "Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short". She most recently produced the short film Everybody Dies! for the omnibus feature Collective:Unconscious (2016), which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and was distributed on Netflix. In documentary, her commissioned series Essence: Black Girl Magic was nominated for a 2017 National Magazine Award.
Laurie has received support from the MacDowell Colony, Cine Qua Non Lab, and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She is working on a feature script, short stories, and audio documentaries.
She received her M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University.
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