About 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.  

For the past five years Laura  has been a consulting producer for many documentaries both domestically and internationally including topics such as;  the rise racism in eastern Europe, Autism, child prostitution in India,  a hybrid/cross platformed education series for children, as  well as media project based on MMT ( Modern Monetary Theory). 

Laura has the ability, passion and interest to work in many genre's successfully.  Currently she is the co-writer of two narrative screenplays  Finding Freespace and Derby Queen.  She has also optioned  the illustrated and  philosophical book The Well of Being, (MacMillan Publishing) recently coined as the next Little Prince or Jonathan Livingston Seagull.   Laura lives in the Bay Area with her talented  husband Brent Carithers who is a musician.  

Please e-mail Laura for all documentary, narrative and script requests.