Lauren Schwartzman is a documentary film director, producer, and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. She also works as an archival producer for documentary films.
Lauren was the Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020, Dir. Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht). The film was executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Crip Camp continues to garner accolades, including a Peabody Award, and reach people around the world.
Just prior to her work on Crip Camp, Lauren completed her Masters of Journalism with a concentration in documentary film at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her thesis film, Dust Rising, won a Student Academy Award, was shortlisted for the BAFTA Student Film Awards, and screened in festivals across the U.S.
Before embracing film as the perfect marriage of all her interests, Lauren has variously been an environmental educator, Peace Corps Volunteer, trail crew leader, poet, and visual artist. These past lives inform her work in film.