Born and raised in Hawaii, Lauren Kawana currently works in the San Francisco Bay Area as an independent documentary film producer, camera operator and editor. She has worked on films such as Try Harder! directed by Debbie Lum; FREE: The Power of Performance directed by Suzanne LaFetra and David Collier, and Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw directed by Rick Goldsmith.
Lauren received her master’s degree in documentary film at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she produced and directed her first documentary short, Live, Breathe, Hula. Before moving to California, she served as managing editor for Element Media, a Honolulu-based publishing firm which produces Pacific Edge and Las Vegas Bound magazines. Lauren was inspired to pursue a career in documentary film after having the privilege to work on the award-winning film Ahead of the Majority: The Life and Times of Patsy Mink, a documentary written, directed and produced by Kimberlee Bassford of Making Waves Films.
Lauren is passionate about diversity in media. She currently serves as President of the board of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. Lauren is also a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, the Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc), and the Documentary Producers Alliance.
Lauren’s experience includes:
Producing and field producing
Production and location management
Archival research and licensing
Community outreach & distribution
Event planning and production