Cast & Crew

Lauren Wolkstein

Lauren Wolkstein (writer/director)

Lauren Wolkstein received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University’s graduate film program and a BA in computer science and film from Duke University where she also won the Duke Filmmaker Award. She was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project’s inaugural Emerging Visions program at the 2011 New York Film Festival. Lauren’s Academy Award qualifying short films have traveled around the world garnering multiple awards. Cigarette Candy, her thesis film at Columbia University, won Best Narrative Short at SXSW in 2010, Adrienne Shelly Award for Best Female Director, Plum Pictures Most Promising Filmmaker Award, Best Narrative Short at Palm Springs International ShortFest, and went on to screen at film festivals worldwide ( She lived in Los Angeles for a year, assisting film producer Chris Hanley at Muse Productions (The Virgin Suicides, American Psycho, Buffalo ’66). Her award-winning short, Dandelion Fall, played at numerous film festivals and was distributed by Wolfe Releasing. She is currently developing the feature version of Cigarette Candy and The Strange Ones (with Radcliff). She is also adapting David Foster Wallace’s short story Little Expressionless Animals into a feature that is in development with producer Galt Niederhoffer. Besides her narrative film work, Lauren has also directed commercials for Gucci, and edited several ads for brands such as Juicy Couture, Dickies, and Diet Coke.