Lauren Cook, MFA
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Lauren Cook, MFA

Associate Professor

School of Communication - Cinema Program

Auerbach Hall Room 212 J


MFA   University of Iowa  |   BA   Humboldt State University

Lauren Cook is an artist who teaches all aspects of film production in the department. She has developed a broad array of filmmaking classes, including sound design, documentary film, animation, narrative film, experimental film and cinematography. Professor Cook also offered a Humanities Center seminar on “Framing War” where honors students examined media representations of war and developed their own creative projects on this topic.

Her award-winning experimental and documentary films have screened internationally at venues including the Des Moines Art Center, Sao Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, Black Maria Film Festival, PDX, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival at the Museum of Natural History in NY, and the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.

Professor Cook recently organized an international conference at the University, Feminism(s): Film, Video, Politics, that brought together filmmakers, video artists, historians, and theorists to discuss feminism and feminist theory in various forms of media production and scholarship.

She is currently working on a 35mm cameraless film using handmade lens-objects and LED lights. She is also in pre-production on a documentary about the exchange of virtual goods for money in video gaming contexts. She has received grants from the Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation and the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund for her work.