Lauren Hoekstra

Lauren Hoekstra

Director, Screenwriter and Producer

Hollywood, California

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September 2014
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About Lauren

Born in post-apartheid South Africa, raised in Italy, Lauren graduated from UCLA’s prestigious graduate directing program in 2014. Before she left school, she had joined the DGA, having directed second unit on 'Plush', a Catherine Hardwicke ('Thirteen', 'Twilight') feature.
Lauren followed this up with 'City Bus', starring Ahna O’Reilly ('The Help'). Executive produced by James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini as an initiative to help emerging filmmakers, 'City Bus' won Lauren the best director award at the 2017 IFS Festival and best narrative short at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival. It was also runner up in the media category of the Script Pipeline First Look contest.
Subsequent projects include 'His 'N' Hers', a first-person POV, interactive video starring celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, and 'Please Don't Come Back From The Moon', James Franco's award-winning feature, which Lauren produced.
Recently, her first-person POV short 'The New Kid' won gold at the California regional ADDYs, while her latest short 'Shoot For The Moon' screened at TIFF Kids, SIFF and Newport Beach film festivals.
In addition to the film awards listed on her IMDB page, Lauren has been a finalist in the Creative World Awards and StoryPros International screenwriting contests.



Unique traits: I'm a South African but I spent most of my childhood years in Italy before coming to the States. I think my love of action combined with an Italian penchant for romantic theme and abstract message is kind of unique.



  • The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day

    The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day Thriller A girl trapped with a gang of dangerous drug-runners tries to escape, but finds herself up against the seductive charm of the gang leader and her own dark fantasies.


  • Shoot For The Moon

    Shoot For The Moon (2017)
    Film (short) by Lauren Hoekstra Writer / Director / Producer AT&T Film Awards 2019 - Winner Social Good category; NatGeo Wild To Inspire Contest 2019 - Runner-Up; Toronto International Film Festival Kids 2018 - Official Selection; Seattle International Film Festival 2018 - Official Selection; Newport Beach International Film Festival 2018 - Official Selection; Sun Valley Film Festival 2019 - Nominated

  • Don't Come Back From The Moon

    Don't Come Back From The Moon (0000 - 2016)
    Film Producer Starring: James Franco, Rashida Jones, Mark Wahlberg; Awards: LA Film Festival 2017 - Best Director

  • City Bus

    City Bus (2015 - 2016)
    Film (short) Director Produced by: James Franco; Starring Anna O'Reilly; Awards: Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) 2017 - Best Director; LA International Underground Film Festival 2015 - Best Narrative Short; Script Pipeline First Look Media 2017 - Runner Up

  • Outlaw

    Outlaw (0000 - 2015)
    Film by Tyler Shields PA Starring: Tyler Shields

  • Urban Migration

    Urban Migration (0000 - 2015)
    Video by Cutting Edge Group Director Produced by: Catherine Hardwicke (for her feature 'Plush'); Vocals by Xavier Samuels

  • Miss Famous

    Miss Famous (2015)
    Film (short) by Shadae Lamar Smith Assistant Director Produced by: James Franco; Starring: Jimmy Kimmel, Kristen Wiig

  • Plush

    Plush (2012)
    Film by Catherine Hardwicke Second Unit Director


  • NatGeo Wild To Inspire - Runner Up for Shoot For The Moon

  • AT&T Film Awards - Winner, Social Good category

  • The Write Room - Grand Prizewinner for The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day

  • Independent Filmmakers Showcase - Best Director (Short) for City Bus

  • Script Pipeline First Look - Second Place for City Bus

  • Fresh Voices - Semifinalist for The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day

  • Screencraft Short Film Fund - Semifinalist for Turn On Desire

  • Creative World Awards - Finalist for The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day

  • Lady Filmmakers - Best Supernatural for City Bus

  • Urban Media Film Festival - Best Commercial for The New Kid

  • Screenwriting Goldmine - Semifinalist for The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day

  • StoryPros International - Finalist for The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day

  • WeScreenplay - Semifinalist for The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day

  • Screenwriting Goldmine - Winner for Turn On Desire

  • International Independent Film Awards - Winner Student Film - City Bus

  • Page - Quarterfinalist - Turn On Desire

  • LA International Underground - Best Narrative (Short) for City Bus

  • Capital Fund - Hot 100 for The Rosy Hue Of The Dying Day

  • Artists Alliance - Finalist for Turn On Desire


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