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.   Laura was instrumental in the development and production of the award-winning documentary The Gulabi Gang, which follows a women's group in India fighting for equality and civil rights.  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). . 

Currently she is the co- writer, producer and director on The Green Dress documentary and narrative film- being released simultaneously and chronicling the life of a young female jazz musician circa 1950’s who was part of the underground abortion movement in Los Angeles.   Plotkin is also a producer on Iskra (Spark) (EP Errol Morris), a documentary that explores the rise and fall of a telecommunications/tech company in the former non-aligned Yugoslavia.  Laura has worked as a consulting producer for many documentaries both domestically and internationally including varied topics such as:  the rise of racism in eastern Europe, child prostitution in India,hybrid/cross platformed education series for children, and a media project based on Modern Monetary Theory.  She is the co-writer of two narrative screenplays: Derby Queen, an adaptation of the documentary film Demon of the Derbyfeaturing 1940’s -50’s professional female roller derby stars (FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards), Finding Freespace, a comedy exploring the world of a raw-vegan guru, and the sole writer of Starchild (in development) a science fiction thriller featuring a female physicist whose discoveries could change the course of history. Laura holds her MFA in cinema and film production and has taught documentary filmmaking at several universities including San Francisco State and CAL Berkeley.  She lives in the Bay Area with her husband Brent who is a musician and their dog Bell. 

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