Laurens Grant is a voting member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Documentary Branch [Oscars] and the Television Academy [Emmys]. She is also a 3-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker and a Sundance Institute filmmaker fellow. Her film-making career has taken her all over the world, including the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa.
Grant is part of the producing-directing team of CNN’s critically acclaimed “decades” series. Grant joins the award-winning team of Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog for the 7-part series on The Nineties airing July 2017. Grant’s episodes are Can We All Get Along? [July 23 @ 9pm] and New World Order [July 30 @ 9pm]. Check your local CNN listings for broadcast times. #NinetiesCNN
Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement is directed and produced by Grant and charts the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Actor Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy is Executive Producer. The film received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding News/Information [Series or Special]. It aired on BET as part of its new The Truth documentary series and is available on iTunesand Amazon. #StayWokeBET #BlackLivesMatter
Grant produced The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which premiered at Sundance; representing her third film to premiere at this prestigious film festival. This critically-acclaimed film about the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and a George Foster Peabody award nomination. The film opened in theaters worldwide in Fall 2015, and played a remarkable 8-week run at the Film Forum theater in New York City.
The film was awarded one of the top 5 documentaries of 2015 by the National Board of Review. The film aired on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2016. It is now available on iTunes and Netflix with Spanish, French and Italian subtitles. The documentary is inspiring several Hollywood films including The Stand Off directed by Justin Lin [of Star Trek Beyondand Fast and Furious fame.] @panthersdoc