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 Thriller Trapped with a gang of dangerous drug-runners, pursued by cops and cartel, a girl fights to escape before they kill her, but finds herself up against the seductive charm of the gang leader and her own dark fantasies.
Shoot For The Moon
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
Film Producer Starring: James Franco, Rashida Jones, Mark Wahlberg; Awards: LA Film Festival 2017 - Best Director
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
Film by Tyler Shields PA Starring: Tyler Shields
Video by Cutting Edge Group Director Produced by: Catherine Hardwicke (for her feature 'Plush'); Vocals by Xavier Samuels
Film (short) by Shadae Lamar Smith Assistant Director Produced by: James Franco; Starring: Jimmy Kimmel, Kristen Wiig
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
University of California - Los Angeles
London University of the Arts
Academia delle Belle Arti, Milano