Filmmaker & Distribution Consultant
Laurel Chiten has been influencing social issues for over 30 years. Her high-profile films have screened at film festivals around the world; at universities and medical schools; won numerous awards; been nominated for a national Emmy and been broadcast on PBS’s Emmy winning national series, Independent Lens, and POV.
Her previous films have gained her acknowledgment and respect from doctors, researchers and institutions including Harvard Medical School, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard University, Laurel was an artist in residence at the Bellagio Conference and Study Center sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.
Before working in documentary film, Chiten was a certified sign language interpreter and involved in deaf theatre as a writer and director. She is the CEO of Blind Dog Films and a Member Owner of New Day Films. The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while educating them.
Since the success of her film JUST ONE DROP, Laurel has become passionate about exploring unique forms of distribution and exhibition. She is currently working with Gathr Films wearing a number of hats. She is their Head of Acquisitions, helping with marketing, web design, and more.
Laurel has also launched Dinner Mates, to help people make friends and build community through sharing a meal.
- Emmy Nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
- Mass Access Award for people in the entertainment industry who promote a positive image of people with disabilities
- Best of Category Winner Golden Gate Awards Competition
- WorldFest Gold Award Charleston International Film & Video Festival
- Golden Apple Award National Educational Media Network
- CINE Golden Eagle
- William Hammond Award for Excellence in Medical Journalism American Medical Writers Association
- Robinson Award in Electronic Media nomination. American Psychiatric Association
- Best documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival
- Just One Drop (2018), the story behind the homeopathy controversy.
- My Travels with Oliver (2017), a tribute to Oliver Sacks.
- Reconnected (2010) a movement disorder discovery..
- Twisted (2006) about the neurological disorder, dystonia.
- Touched, (2003) about people who think they have had contact with aliens and the Harvard psychiatrist who believed them.
- Houses of Healing (2001) 10-part series based on Robin Casarjian’s book. A self study guide on emotional awareness utilized in prisons.
- The Jew in the Lotus (1999), about a group of rabbis that met with the Dalai Lama.
- Twitch and Shout (1994) about Tourette Syndrome, nominated for a national Emmy.