Featured Filmmaker Lauren Lazin brings Oscar nominated documentary to QFF '05

Lebanon, PA native, Cedar Crest High School graduate, and celebrated documentary filmmaker Lauren Lazin will screen her Academy Award nominated documentary Tupac: Resurrection at the second annual Quittapahilla Film Festival. Lauren Lazin is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed, produced, written and edited more than 40 documentaries for MTV and PBS. Her first feature film, Tupac: Resurrection, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Lazin is an award-winning filmmaker whose first feature film, Tupac: Resurrection was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award. She has directed, produced written and edited over forty documentaries for MTV and PBS, including her most recent film, the acclaimed I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust . Lazin's first film, The Flapper Story (1985) , premiered at the Museum of Modern Art 's New Films/ New Directors series and won a Student Academy Award. Her documentary Journey of Dr. Dre was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.

In 1990, Lazin created Sex in the 90's , which became MTV's longest running documentary series--now a cult favorite among young audiences. In 1992, she formed the MTV News and Specials department where she directed, produced and executive produced the documentary series MTV Rockumentary (including bio-pics on The Who , Robbie Robertson , The B-52's , Janet Jackson and many others), MTV Cribs, Diary , My Super Sweet 16 , as well as award-winning MTV News specials on topics ranging from drug abuse and racism, to religious intolerance and sexual health.

Lauren is currently an Executive Producer of documentary series' for MTV, VH1 and LOGO, MTV Networks new GLBT channel launching in July, 2005. She also oversees episodes of True Life , a critically acclaimed documentary series about social issues affecting young people, and many of MTV's pro-social documentaries. In 1999 the network's anti-violence campaign Fight For Your Rights was awarded an Emmy.

Outside of MTV, Lazin has directed films for the National Organization for Women, induction pieces for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum (for the Supremes and the Rolling Stones ), and an award-winning documentary, Seven Deadly Sins, which was featured on PBS's experimental television series, Alive From Off Center.

Her films have won Ace Awards, Monitor Awards, and Cine Golden Eagles, with honors for Best Directing and Best Editing. The National Association of Minorities in Communications, The NAACP, GLADD, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency have honored her work. She also received the Ryan White Youth Service Award and the Ribbon of Hope Award for her outstanding contributions to the fight against Teen HIV/ AIDS. In 1995, Fight Back , her film about child sexual abuse, was featured in a special screening for Congress.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude , Phi Beta Kappa, from Smith College in 1982 and received a Master's Degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University in 1985. In 1996 the Women's College Coalition named Lazin as a “Role Model” and featured her in their national Ad Council campaign promoting women's education.

Tupac: Resurrection-The first authorized documentary of Tupac, produced by his mother with MTV films. The film includes rare video footage, including one of his last concerts, and several unreleased songs (as well as some of his hit songs). The audience will also see, for the first time, home movies, private photographs and hear excerpts from his poetry, journals and personal letters.

"Our goal is to offer a venue for local, national and international filmmakers to present their original works.
The festival will provide the opportunity to experience a diverse selection of unique films in Central Pennsylvania."
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