I’m Laramie. I’m a director and writer committed to telling unexpected stories about complex female characters. Subjects that fascinate me include sex, social anxiety, family, adolescence, and rock n roll.
My latest project, a feature film in development entitled LIFE ON sMARS, explores an unconventional family: six NASA recruits—three women and three men—who are sealed in isolation for a year, attempting to simulate life on Mars. This fall, sMARS earned me a spot at the fourth annual THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, along with a grant from Chanel and The Tribeca Film Institute.
I’m also in production on THE GOLDEN RULE, an animated series about a clique of 80something mean girls terrorizing a retirement community.
I freelance as a script supervisor, primarily on feature films, and for eight seasons I was a casting director for the Emmy Award-winning (and two-time Emmy nominee for Outstanding Casting for Reality Television) Project Runway.
I have an MFA in Film & Television Production from USC. My thesis film, ALL AGES, was shot on 16mm with the help of grants from Panavision and Kodak, and premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival. GREASY HEART, another short I wrote and directed, was made with the support of Digital Bolex and Hive Lighting, and first screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes.
As an undergrad at Wesleyan University, I majored in English and theater. I got my start in New York developing and directing plays, most notably at Jim Simpson and Sigourney Weaver’s Flea Theater, where I was a resident director, and at the multi-Obie Award-winning Soho Rep. I co-founded and chaired, for six seasons, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. I’m now based in Los Angeles, where I sometimes direct plays but more often do not.
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