Lauren Grant is well-respected in the Canadian film and television industry for her award-winning films that focus on women in front of and behind the lens. She is a tireless advocate for equity, representation and a champion for female-driven content.
I first met Lauren when she was on maternity leave. I was producing a short film and needed some assistance to see the project realized. We met for tea in Toronto’s east end, and she brought her daughter, Lennon, with her. As a lifelong Beatles fan, I knew we were off to a great start. In the ensuing years, Lauren has become a generous mentor and collaborator. In an industry where men still tell women their careers will be hindered by becoming mothers, Lauren has been an example, for me, of navigation this winding road.
Lauren’s journey to motherhood inspired her directorial debut, Things We Feel But Do Not Say. Lauren amplifies a common experience for women that is often still spoken about in whispers. Her directing work is sophisticated, nuanced, and moving. She works with great sensitivity to actors and crew. I am thrilled she is sharing her voice with audiences and, in turn, creating space to speak about our own journeys. It is a welcome experience to see the world through Lauren Grant’s lens. This is just her beginning.
-written by Ashleigh Rains (friend)
Which ‘hood are you in?
In Vancouver, you can find me walking (or running) around my old ‘hood in the West End. The beaches, seawall and Stanley Park are my not to be missed spots in Vancouver.
What do you do?
I’m a film writer, director and producer.
What are you currently working on?
My first short film as a director THINGS WE FEEL BUT DO NOT SAY launched at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October 2021. I’m now working on adapting Vancouver author Meghan Bell’s short story Erase and Rewind into a short film as well as writing an original feature film.
Where can we find your work?
THINGS WE FEEL BUT DO NOT SAY is on the festival circuit and my films SUGAR DADDY and THE RETREAT are on iTunes Canada.