A native of Louisiana, Laura E. Davis is a writer/director and a former Michener Fellow in screenwriting at UT-Austin. Her second feature, INHERITANCE, co-written/directed and lead actor Jessica Kaye, is set in Belize and stars Mark Webber and Daniel Ahearn. Her pilot script, THE COMMONS, about a time in the near future in which suicide is obligatory, placed on the 2017 Bitch List; another pilot, MANDEVILLE, set in the stratified world of colonial New Orleans, ranked at the 2015 Austin Film Festival pilot competition. She has worked as a story consultant for a pilot in development at HBO and has written episodes for two series in development co-created by Scott Shepherd (HAVEN, THE DEAD ZONE) and Cindy McCreery.
Her first feature was the award-winning film, THIN AIR, which played at festivals domestically and internationally. Other films include COUP DE GRACE, a short film starring Sarita Choudhury (HOMELAND), and a documentary on HIV/AIDS activism in Paris, which premiered at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival.
Laura has served as a Directors’ Liaison at the New York Film Festival, a Festival Coordinator at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, and an advisory board member of the Lower East Side Girls Club Film Festival in New York. She teaches screenwriting and film directing at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala and previously led the Austin chapter of Film Fatales.
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