Lauren Knapp

Lauren Knapp is a non-fiction storyteller who works across platforms to share true and compelling stories.

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She has been working in film, television, and radio since 2006 and her stories have been broadcast on the PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio, PRI’s The World, WQED, and The Allegheny Front. In 2011, she moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with the support of a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship where she produced “Live From UB” (2015), an award-winning feature length documentary on rock music and national identity among Mongolia’s urban youth. With a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College and a background in journalism, Lauren found a marriage of her interests in documentary film. Her films aim to provoke more questions than they answer, whether examining globalization (“Live From UB”), 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), or the role of medicine in state executions (“The Sandman” 2016). In 2016, she received an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University.