"Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it."
For the past thirteen years, Lauretta has worked as a documentary and narrative cinematographer. Her first narrative feature was filmed in 2008.
Her documentary interests are strongly rooted in social justice, as well as environmental, arts, and community work. Her goal is to contribute to work that can affect change. 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 two feature documentaries screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Her narrative interests are first and foremost rooted in strong stories. (How fantastic if we are also making stylistic, strongly visual, and impactful films.) Recently lauded projects include Lady Hunters, which in 2018 received Best Cinematography at the Nightmare Film Festival and Best Short Film at the Detroit SheTown Film Festival; Chronicles of a BLEEP Year Old Woman, which in 2018 received Best Web Series at the Lady Filmmaker Festival, and 116, which has received an extraordinary number of awards over the past two years.
Lauretta occasionally writes for outlets such as American Cinematographer, No Film School, ICG, Filmmaker Magazine, and Al Jazeera.
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 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.