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, female friendship, 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. Last 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. In 2019, I made finalist for both the SFFILM Sloan Fellowship and the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.
GIRL PRETENDING TO READ RILKE, my adaptation of the novel by my mother, Barbara Riddle, was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s Screenwriting Contest, and LOVE THE BLUE, an original screenplay I co-wrote, is being shopped by One Entertainment. On the horizon: a short film I plan to direct in December, and a microbudget feature I’ve begun outlining for 2020.
I freelance as a script supervisor, primarily on feature films. 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; before hanging up my casting spurs, I worked on Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s upcoming Amazon show, Making the Cut.
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, 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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