Laurel lives in Los Angeles, where she writes screenplays, rides her bike to the beach, for beer with friends, and crawls around the Santa Monica mountains a few times a week.
She is a 2012 Nicholl Fellowship finalist and as a result, Oscar agreed to have his picture taken with her. He's heavy and really short. She had a blast with fellow filmmaker friends, including the amazing and indomitable Jen Marlowe (donkeysaddle.org) in Oaxaca, Mexico, at the 2011 Oaxaca International Film Festival, speaking on a panel about screenwriting and representing one of her award-winning scripts.
Her work has been screened at several film festivals including New Filmmakers New York, Other Venice Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Dam Shorts, and the Park City Film Music Festival, among others. Her short film, Maria in the Kitchen, co-directed with Nik Perleros, won the Abbot Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 Other Venice Film Festival in Los Angeles (www.mariainthekitchenmovie.com). It's currently being broadcast in Reel NW, on KCTS Channel 9, the PBS station for Western Washington and South Western Canada.
She is the recipient of a Samuel Goldwyn screenwriting award as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Tribeca screenwriting award. Her first full length theatrical play, Bone Deep, earned a 2001 4Culture Special Projects Award.
Laurel teaches screenwriting and filmmaking for several organizations, colleges and Universities including Relativity School, Stanford University On-Line Writers Studio, Young Storytellers Foundation, Seattle Central College, and Bellevue College. She adjudicates screenplays for the Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting, the WGAW awards, and the UCLA Professional Programs Nate Wilson Award. She has been a featured presenter at the Women on Writing conference in Northern California, and serves as a script consultant and mentor to award winning screenwriters.
When Thunder Sleeps (2012 Nicholl Fellowship Finalist) Drama ⋄ Thriller Falsely accused of murdering her mentor, a veterinary doctor escapes into the Arizona desert. The only one willing to help her is a young Navajo Indian, and, when animals and children start dying mysteriously, they uncover a lethal secret that leads them all the way to the Whitehouse.
The Route (Samuel Goldwyn Award Winner) Action After a fatal mistake, a transportaion security expert is asked by the government to design a top secret train route across the United States for fifty thousand tons of volatile nuclear waste. When terrorists discover the route, residents of a small Missouri town must choose between harboring the dangerous train themselves or risking millions of American lives.
The Wicked Fall of Nora Wren Comedy ⋄ Romance When a reclusive romance writer refuses to attend book signings, Nora Wren, a shy editor’s assistant is forced to become the “face” of the author. Unfortunately for all, the author turns out to be a man, and worse, Nora turns out to be better at being him than he is.
Heaven, Montana Comedy ⋄ Independent ⋄ Romance A call girl with a special gift tries to escape her past by fleeing to the tiny town of Heaven, Montana, population 78. She gets a job at the library where she winds up dispensing much needed advice on love and courting - that is, until she falls in love with the local priest.
Jerrie Biography ⋄ Drama In 1960, America’s ace pilots compete to be chosen as the first astronauts. In top secret testing, 26-year-old Jerrie Cobb out-tested them all: she was a woman. No one knows her story, until now.
Potential Crime ⋄ Drama ⋄ Thriller When her younger brother dies of a heroin overdose, police officer Kelly Sanchez goes undercover at America’s most exclusive prep school to find the dealer. What she uncovers, instead, among the children of Senators and Foreign Kings, threatens to destroy a nation.
Law and Order SVU: Sins of the Father Crime The detectives uncover a ring of teenaged child molesters working in the basement of a church.
Best Friends Forever
Film (short) by Laurel Minter Writer/Director
Maria in the Kitchen
Film (short) by TableFlip Pictures Writer/Director
Film (short) by Hero Labs Actress
Gator Armstrong Plays With Dolls
by KKG Productions Actress
Nicholl Fellowship Finalist
Screenplay Finalist-Oaxaca International Film Festival
Abbott Award-Best Short Film, Other Venice Film Festival
Jury Choice Silver Medal for Excellence, Park City Film Music Festival
Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award
Alfred P. Sloan Writing Award
Milton Sperling Award for excellence in writing
4Culture Special Projects Award