Film Fatales
Laura Plotkin

Laura Plotkin is an award-winning documentary producer and director, who focuses on the use of personal narratives to challenge mainstream stereotypes. She portrays mavericks--people who accomplish what others consider impossible. Known for her painterly visuals, Plotkins's wide breath of work includes her Rockefeller-nominated film, Red Rain, which highlights the struggles of a female boxing champion. Red Rain has aired on PBS as well as many international broadcasts and has shown in over 100 film festivals worldwide. Laura's haunting film, 21, chronicling a violent, post-9/11 racist attack, premiered at the Tribecca Film Festival and aired on HBO for a special anniversary broadcast. She has also worked as a producer/DP on many music biographies including the acclaimed Punk Attitude directed by Don Letts (IFC Films), Marianne Faithful: Dreaming My Dreams and Marvin Gaye: The Legacy (Eagle Rock Entertainment). Most currently Laura was key in the development of the award winning documentary The Gulabi Gang (2013) which chronicles a women's group in India fighting for equality and civil rights whilst set against backdrop of a violent patriarchal society. Laura holds her MFA in cinema and film production and has taught documentary filmmaking at several universities including San Francisco State, CAL Berkeley, as well as lectured at Yale. She was also a member of the Board of Directors at Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco, California.