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 inspirareproductions.blogspot.com.
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.
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.
Thalia -- a short film Fantasy A mysterious woman interacts with writers and their creations.
Film (short) by Inspirare Productions Writer/Director/Filmmaker Dee is granted unlimited wishes by a grateful beetle, which leads to unforeseen problems.
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, 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