Meet the Speaker: Lauren Greenfield
Documentarian Lauren Greenfield sat down with us to talk about the newly formed INSTITUTE, her upcoming projects and the works she’s the proudest of. She will be talking more about her career at the festival on November 9th so be sure to join her!
You graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual and environmental studies. As you left college, where did you see your career path taking you? Or was documentary always making the goal?
You have an extraordinary body of work, is there any one project you are most proud of?
Tell us more about Girl Culture Films and the work you do.
What are you currently working on?
Is there a recent piece of work, outside your own work, which you liked / impressed you, and why?
When did you first hear about CICLOPE and what does it mean to you / the industry we work in?
Any advice to anyone thinking of coming into the industry? What would you have told your 16-year-old self?
My photography teacher at Harvard said to “follow your heart”. Passion and love for the process is what sustains us through hard work and setbacks and allows us to break through the challenges that come with every project. Finding your voice is the hardest and most important goal for a young filmmaker, director, photographer, artist, or maker. Once you have a singular voice, the world will come to you with opportunities to use it, if you are willing to work your butt off 24/7. Intrinsic motivation is much more powerful than extrinsic. Awards, money, fame, may or may not ever come and when they do, they are fleeting and not for what you expect. You must love the process and the work full stop and throw yourself into it with everything you have.