Laura started in the theatre and now is making stop motion shorts. Her first stop motion, "The Doctor's Last Day" is a featured selection next month in the Film Girl Film Festival (Milwaukee). Her second short, "The Gardener" is a featured selection next month in the Twin Falls Sandwich Film Festival. Laura documents her filmmaking on the blog .
Laura's play, "Cloistered Honey" was made into a low budget film through Inspirare Productions. "Cloistered Honey" has been an official selection at the Red Dirt International Film Festival (nominated for Best Writing - Drama) and the Eugene International Film Festival (Awarded Best Screenplay – Feature.) It is now available on Amazon. Chernobyl's Fire won the Playwrights First Award and was a finalist in the O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference Competition and Steppenwolf Theatre’s “First Look.” Marvelous Tales, and Odysseus Comes Home have been published by YouthPlays and The Vase is published with Heartland Plays. Press response to Laura’s writing: “earnest, funny, introspective”— Chicago’s Daily Herald; “intriguing and carefully drawn…Lewis-Barr’s writing drives the production” --- Pittsburgh Post Gazette; “riveting” -- Windy City Times. Laura’s Masters Degree in Drama is from San Francisco State University . Before her move to the country, (to work as Artistic Director/Theatre Professor at Sauk Valley College) Laura was a member of the Playwrights Collective and Chicago Dramatists.
Laura's day job is teaching public speaking via
Ditching Destiny on Halloween (or --The Bride Can’t Decide) Budget: $0 - $100K | Romance ⋄ Comedy A lonely klutz is finally ready to settle for her gorgeous-but-dull boyfriend when she meets a strange, melancholy astrologer. A comedy about fate, destiny, and bad choices.
Thinking Offline -- 10 minute film Budget: $0 - $100K | Experimental Stuck in the woods, a tween learns what lurks inside when a cell phone runs out of juice.
The Telling Tale
Film (short) by Inspirare Productions Writer/Director/Filmmaker
The Goddess and the Stockbroker
Film (short) by Inspirare Productions Writer/Director/Filmmaker Official Selection and to be screened in 2020 with Piton International Film Festival.
Film (short) by Inspirare Productions Writer/Director/Filmmaker Dee is granted unlimited wishes by a grateful beetle, which leads to unforeseen problems.
Would You Rather I was Dead?
Film (short) by Inspirare Productions (Comedy, Animation and Short) Director 6 minute film following a morning at home with Bruce and Joe. Official selection of Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival and Official Selection and soon to be screened with MINT film festival.
Film (short) by Inspirare Productions Director Screening in September, 2020, outdoor drive-in MLC film festival, Wisconsin. Semi-finalist Frostbite International Film Festival.
The Doctor's Last Day
Film (short) by Inspirare Productions (Animation) Writer/Director/Filmmaker A therapist tries to help four different friends who see him on the same day.
Film by Inspirare Productions (Comedy and Romance) Director/Writer
Official Selection, Animated Short, MLC Film Awards
Official Selection, Animated Short, Mint Film Festival
Official Selection, Animated Short, Piton International Film Festival
Official Selection, Animated Short, Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival
Semi-finalist Frostbite International Film Festival
Official Selection, Animated Short, Twin Falls Sandwich Film Festival
Official Selection, Animated Short, Film Girl Film Festival
Nominated for best writing in a Drama. Red Dirt Film Festival.
Official selection, Eugene International Film Festival
Official selection, Red Dirt International Film Festival
Winner, Best Screenplay, Feature, Eugene Film Festival
Official selection, Spirit Enlightened Film Festival, (Cultureunplugged.com)
San Francisco State University