Lauren Hoekstra

Lauren Hoekstra

Director, screenwriter and producer in Hollywood, California

About Lauren

One of a new generation of female director/producers with a penchant for action meshed with romance, Lauren is currently finalizing an interactive first-person video, 'His-Her', starring celebrity photographer Tyler Shields ('Final Girl'). This high-octane fashion shoot - filmed in a moving car in the Mojave Desert - lets the viewer switch between Tyler and his model's perspectives.

At the same time, she's gearing up to produce 'Dacoit', a Sundance Lab finalist project, having recently finished production of 'Don't Come Back From The Moon' - a feature film for James Franco, which the Hollywood Reporter called "poignant and visually striking".

'Don't Come Back From The Moon' is Lauren's second collaboration with James Franco. Previously she directed 'City Bus' for his Boswell anthology, 'Heyday Of The Insensitive Bastards'. 'City Bus' was one of three finalists in the 2017 Script Pipeline First Look contest and won Best Director and Best Narrative Short at the 2017 Independent Filmmakers' Showcase (IFS) and 2015 Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival. It also screened at numerous prestigious film festivals, including Hollyshorts, the LA Film Fest and Worldfest, Houston.

Other work highlights include Lauren's appointment as Second Unit Director on Catherine Hardwick's 'Plush' and being shortlisted as a director for Lionsgates' upcoming 'Twilight' web series.


Name: Lauren Hoekstra

Lives in: Hollywood, California

Occupation: Director, Screenwriter and Producer

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.


  • Don't Come Back From The Moon

    Don't Come Back From The Moon (0000 - 2016)
    by Dark Bandini Productions Producer LA Film Festival 2017 - Best Director

  • City Bus

    City Bus (2015 - 2016)
    Video by James Franco Director Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) 2017 - Best Director LA International Underground Film Festival 2015 - Best Narrative Short

  • Outlaw

    Outlaw (0000 - 2015)
    Film by Tyler Shields PA

  • Urban Migration

    Urban Migration (0000 - 2015)
    Video by Cutting Edge Group Director

  • Miss Famous

    Miss Famous (2015)
    Film (short) by Shadae Lamar Smith (Comedy, Drama and Fantasy) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director All Monica wants is to be wanted. But can she get past her fantasies in order see the truth about her life and desires? This film is part of the UCLA James Franco Collaborative.

  • The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards

    The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards (2014)
    Film by Lauren Hoekstra (Comedy and Drama) Director Based on short stories from Robert Boswell's collection, seven vignettes explore the difference between fantasy and reality, memory and history, and the joy and agony of the human condition.

  • Hardly Working

    Hardly Working (2014)
    Television (Comedy) Production manager They've been to every party they can't get into.

  • Plush

    Plush (2012)
    Film by Catherine Hardwicke Second Unit Director

  • Missing Sunrise

    Missing Sunrise (2012)
    Film (short) by Paul Schwind (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Missing Sunrise is a comedy about how passionate love has the power to blind us.

  • Au Pair

    Au Pair (2012)
    Film (short) by Paul Schwind (Drama and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director "Au Pair" tells the story of a petulant and self-righteous teenager, Jonathan (13), and his changing relationship with his attractive nanny Valerie (20). Valerie lives in Jonathan's house where they share a sibling-like friendship. When Jonathan's emerging sexuality makes him discover an object of lust in Valerie he develops a manipulative possessiveness for her that veers out of control when Valerie's love interest Andrew (21) comes over to have sex with her. "Au Pair" takes an honest look at the disturbing and mysterious power that love has over us when we experience it for the first time. Written by Paul Reisinger, writer/director of Au Pair

  • A Son Like You

    A Son Like You (2012)
    Film (short) by Jason B. Kohl (Drama and Family) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A hormonal teenage boy has a chance encounter with his father's mistress.

  • Dog Day

    Dog Day (2012)
    Film (short) by Lauren Hoekstra (Comedy, Drama and Family) Director, Writer, Editor, Producer When her husband's adultery, daughter's betrayal and pet pooch's complicity don't convince Maureen she's loved... What will it take?

  • Waltham Vanguard

    Waltham Vanguard (2012)
    Film (short) by Bill Barker (Drama) Production manager It's the night of Bud's 12th birthday, and his father Randy is late again. To make amends, Randy gives Bud an old pocket watch he won in a card game.

  • Left and Gone

    Left and Gone (2010)
    Film (short) by Jeremy David White (Drama and Western) Camera and Electrical Department An aging veteran steals the ashes of his dead best friend from the funeral and makes for the desert to scatter them. Along the way he's forced to confront his friend's ghost and a Mexican girl crossing the border.

  • Little Soldier

    Little Soldier (2010)
    Film (short) by Dallas King (Fantasy) Sound department Little Daniel sleeps soundly in his room. Light and movement comes from the closet door as it slowly opens up to reveal an unthinkable image of a Troll. The closet Troll passes Daniel's little soldiers, as they briefly come alive to fight the Troll. Victorious, the Troll reaches Daniel's bed, uncovering his little feet and tickles him making Daniel wet the bed. Next morning, Daniel's Military Dad (Tony), shows up from a long night of work and discovers a mess in the room, and that his son has once again wet the bed. Frustrated, he locks up Daniel's little soldiers before leaving. Daniel is able to sneak one little soldier, his favorite one, CAP, which looks like his father. At Night, Tony walks in to warn Daniel to not wet the bed again or he's taking him to the doctor. Desperate, Daniel checks the closet before bed, and grabs his favorite little soldier, Cap, and begs Cap to come alive and defeat the Troll. Same night, Daniel is sound asleep, at ground level, we find Cap, who is ... Written by Dallas King


  • 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

  • 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


  • University of California-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Academia delle Belle Arti, Milano

  • London University of the Arts

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