A native New Yorker, Lauren Mucciolo is an award-winning independent producer who works internationally in public television and independent film, often with PBS Frontline. She most recently served as Producer for “Being Mortal” (2015), an hourlong documentary with director Tom Jennings and 2over10 Media. Based on Atul Gawande’s bestselling book, the film looks at how doctors and patients make decisions together during serious illness.
Lauren recently served as producer on the two-part series Locked Up in America with Dan Edge and Mongoose Pictures, resulting in the 90-minute “Prison State” and “Solitary Nation.” These films aired on PBS Frontline in April 2014; the latter film also played in the UK on BBC 2 as “Life in Solitary” in September 2014. She also produced “Poor Kids” (2012) directed by Jezza Neumann for London’s True Vision Productions, which was honored with the 2013 RFK Journalism Award and nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award. The documentary also premiered in the UK on BBC 2’s This World in March 2013.
In independent film, her credits include producer/co-writer for the award-winning “New Children/New York” (2010); co-producer for the Spanish-language feature “El Regreso de Lencho” (2011); and assoc. producer for the short “Amorfo: te busqué” (2006), all of which have played in worldwide film festivals and limited theatrical exhibition. Currently in post-production are her directorial debut “The Beaches” (director/writer/producer) and “Raising Noha” (assoc. producer).
Lauren has also been a producer and development director at CUNY TV in New York, and a film studies instructor and curriculum writer for the CUNY College Now program. In addition, she is the co-founder of a youth filmmaking workshop in Brooklyn in partnership with Make the Road New York, the leading community organizing agency in the city. Lauren is the recipient of grants from PSC-CUNY, the Brooklyn Arts Council and various New York City foundations, and she has been an invited speaking artist at numerous schools, colleges and museums.
Lauren holds an MA from The CUNY Graduate Center, where she focused on documentary film studies, and a BA in English and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks English, Spanish and French.
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