About the Filmmakers
Producer/Director and Editor
Lauren is an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker and 2008 graduate of American University's Master of Arts program in Film and Video. She is most passionate about our impact on nature and wildlife. A parrot and animal lover, Lauren gained the inspiration for A Place to Land from her 18-year-old cockatiel, Precious. When she's not producing films about parrots or other animals, Lauren works as a full-time writer/editor and spends time with her French Bulldog, Gidget. She also volunteers her time to animal rescue groups, either working at adoption events or producing short videos to spread awareness.
Director of Cinematography and Sound Technician
Joe is a filmmaker and an American University graduate student in the MFA in Film and Electronic Media program. He is a producer at NBC News in Washington, DC and has numerous TV credits. Film has always been Joe’s passion and storytelling in words and pictures is what Joe hopes to continue doing for the rest of his life.