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Lara tells dramatic, humorous stories, and, I’m told by many on set, she’s a true collaborator and trusted ally. Congenial and easy going, she also seems never to be a push over. Let’s face it, the fact that Lara was able to get a nuanced, truthful performance from one of the most notorious and difficult actresses of our generation should not be underestimated. It’s is a testament to Lara’s charms and skills as a director.
Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum.

RECENT WORK: 

JUNE 2015 – DIRECTOR ROYAL PAINS (USA, drama), episode 7.7 “Lama Trauma” starring Mark Feuerstein and Paulo Costanzo.

JULY 2014 – FEBRUARY 2015: STAFF WRITER THE AMERICANS (FX, drama), starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. Wrote episode entitled “Walter Taffet” (episode 3.7)

JANUARY 2006 – Present COMMMERCIAL DIRECTOR – Directed over 200 television commercial campaigns with a cumulative budget in excess of $50M. Campaigns include Verizon, Prudential, Kraft, LG Phones, McDonalds, as well as non-profits ONE.ORG, The Global Fund, Stand Up To Cancer and the Safeway Foundation. Directed talent including: Bono, Edward Norton, Matt Damon, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Hart, James Earl Jones, Marc Anthony and Don Cheadle.

JUNE 2008-JULY 2009 DIRECTOR AND CO-WRITER LABOR PAINS.
Produced by Nu Image / Millennium Films. Aired on ABC Family. Starring Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Chris Parnell (30 Rock, SNL), Luke Kirby (Rectify) Janeane Garofalo (Cop Land) and Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls). 10M budget.

2013-PRESENT: PROFESSOR OF DIRECTING AND WRITING at NYU and Columbia graduate film schools.

AWARDS AND HONORS:

Director’s Guild of America, Council Member (elected position). July 2015 – present.
Writer’s Guild Of America, Council Member (elected position). October 2012 – October 2014.
DGA, Women Director’s Committee (Appointed position). January, 2012-present.
Commercials short-listed for Cannes Lions several times. Other awards include Creative Arts, Silver and Bronze Clio HC Awards.
Fellow at the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.
Received a New York State Council of the Arts Filmmaker Grant.
Fellow at the MacDowell Colony.
Awarded the Sloan Foundation Filmmaker Grant at the Tribeca Film Institute to write original screenplay TALKING BOOK.
Wrote and directed short films that played at the Sundance Film Festival and the New York Film Festival among others.

EDUCATION:

MFA, in filmmaking, Film Division, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY.
BA, with honors, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.