"Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it."
Lauretta is a documentary and narrative cinematographer who has been filming for over a decade. Her first narrative feature was filmed in 2008.
Her documentary interests are strongly rooted in social justice, along with environmental, arts, and community work. Her goal is to contribute to work that can affect change and shift those needles. An Inciting Incident for her was filming at Standing Rock, North Dakota for four months, contributing footage to Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera, The Real News Network, camp media, and multiple feature documentaries screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Her narrative interests are first and foremost rooted in strong stories. (And how fantastic if we are also making stylistic, strongly visual, and impactful films.)
Lauretta is based out of New York City, and she is happy to travel for work. She works primarily as a cinematographer, and sometimes as a one-woman-band filmmaker.
Lauretta occasionally writes for outlets such as Al Jazeera, American Cinematographer, No Film School, ICG, and Filmmaker Magazine.
She appreciates puns and enthusiastic dancing. She very much appreciates and enjoys the honor it is to fall in with folks and cinematically tell their stories.