Lauren Knapp is a nonfiction storyteller who works across platforms to share true and compelling stories. She has been working in film, television, radio, and virtual reality since 2006 and her stories have been featured on the PBS NewsHour, PRI’s The World, The Atlantic, The New York Times, WQED, and The Allegheny Front. In 2011, she moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with the support of a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship where she researched and produced “Live From UB” (2015), an award-winning feature length documentary on rock music and national identity among Mongolia’s urban youth. Her award-winning films have shown in festivals around the world including the Tribeca Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and the Atlanta Film Festival.
Lauren’s documentary topics of interest range widely, but all aim to personalize deeper, more complex societal issues. Recent topics have included 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), and the moral conflict of a doctor working on death row (“The Sandman” 2017).
Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.