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.

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 a producer of the short dark comedy, Everybody Dies!, directed by Frances Bodomo for the omnibus feature Collective:Unconscious, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and was distributed by Netflix.  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.

As a fiction writer, Thomas has been a participant of the Tin House Intensive Workshop and the Catapult Writing Workshop. 

Thomas has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony, and the George Kaiser Family Foundation among others, holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University, and is working on a feature script, a short story collection, and audio stories.


photo credit: Adam Murphy

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