Lauren Cook – Associate Professor of Cinema

Lauren Cook is an artist who specializes in experimental film, documentary, animation, and video game design. Before teaching, she spent a number of years working commercially in film production in Los Angeles. She teaches a broad array of classes, including: sound design; video game theory and design; narrative filmmaking; documentary filmmaking; animation; producing and directing; experimental filmmaking; and cinematography.

Her award-winning experimental and documentary films have screened internationally at venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Images Festival – Toronto, Des Moines Art Center, Sao Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, Black Maria Film Festival, PDX, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival at the Museum of Natural History in NY, and the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.

Professor Cook organized an international conference at the university called Feminism(s): Film/Video/Politics, that brought together filmmakers, video artists, activists, historians, and theorists to discuss feminism and feminist theory in various forms of media production and scholarship.

She recently completed an animated 35mm film called PXXXL that is currently playing film festivals internationally. She has received grants from the Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation and the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund for her work.

She received her M.F.A in Film & Video Production from the University of Iowa.



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