Discipline: Film/Video

Laurel Chiten

Discipline: Film/Video
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2001, 2005

Laurel Chiten has been influencing social issues for over 30 years. Her high-profile films have screened at film festivals around the world, won numerous awards, been nominated for a national Emmy, and been broadcast on PBS’s Emmy winning national series, Independent Lens,and POV.

Chiten’s previous films have gained her acknowledgment and respect from doctors, researchers, and highly-regarded institutions such as Harvard Medical School, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard University. She was an artist-in-residence at the Bellagio Conference Study Center, Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo, and MacDowell.

Before working in documentary film, Chiten was a certified American Sign Language interpreter as well as a writer and director involved in deaf theatre. She is currently the CEO of Blind Dog Films and a Member Owner of New Day Films. The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while simultaneously educating them. Since the success of her film Just One Drop, Chiten has become passionate about exploring unique forms of distribution and exhibition. She is currently a consultant with Gathr Films where she acts as launch coach and head of acquisitions and assists in marketing, web design, and more.



Laurel Chiten worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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