Author: Lauren Sowa

Lauren Sowa

Lauren Sowa is an independent filmmaker. In 2016, she and Tim Eliot founded Form & Pressure Films to tell stories that inspire and provoke thought, while encouraging diversity and equality on set and on screen. As an actor, Lauren has been featured in the films 42 Seconds of Happiness (now available on Amazon Prime), Café Artist, The Rainbow Experiment (premiering at Slamdance 2018), and The Devil’s Well (to be released January 2018). Her portrait project Women in Film Portraits can be found on Instagram. BFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

Articles Written by Lauren Sowa:

Women in Film Portraits: Kisha Barr

In this final installment of Women in Film Portraits, Lauren Sowa talks with Kisha Barr, who has appeared in many television, film, and commercials productions. You may have Kisha on the hit NBC show Manifest or on Lifetime’s You to name a few. Kisha began her training at Playhouse West in Philadelphia and continued her… Read more »

Women in Film Portraits: Christina Kallas

What inspired you to pursue filmmaking? I fell in love with cinema at a very young age. I grew up in Greece, in a city by the sea called Thessaloniki—also, ‘the city of poets’. The historian Mark Mazower wrote a beautiful book about it, and he called it ‘Salonica, the city of ghosts’. I am… Read more »

Women in Film Portraits: Naomi McDougall Jones

Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and women in film activist. She grew up in Aspen, Colorado and attended Cornell University before graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). Naomi wrote, produced, and starred in the 2014 indie feature film, Imagine I’m Beautiful, which took home 12 awards on the film festival circuit including… Read more »

Women in Film Portraits: Autumn Moran

Thanks for chatting with me, Autumn! So, you’re a DP/Cinematographer. I’m always curious about the balance of a Director-DP relationship with regards to the visual storytelling. Can you talk a little about that? I think it depends very much on the director and how long we’ve worked together, how long I’ve known him/her, and how… Read more »

Women in Film Portraits: Joanna Pickering

Joanna Pickering is a British actress, writer, producer, and activist. She was born in England, where she was awarded an academic scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Following her passion and love for the dramatic arts, she moved to New York City, worked as a model, and trained at The… Read more »


Women in Film Portraits: Lauren Atkins

Born in Cape Town and raised in Toronto, Lauren Atkins has always had a natural curiosity about the world and what makes people tick. She spent much of her childhood and adolescence singing in the choir, acting in plays, and modeling. But it was the invention of social media platforms and advances in digital entertainment… Read more »

Women in Film Portraits: Alex Cirillo and Dani Faith Leonard

BIG VISION EMPTY WALLET is an inclusion-focused incubator that develops and amplifies unique voices in film & TV. Thank you for joining me! You two have created something very exciting in the industry. What was the inspiration behind Big Vision Empty Wallet? DF: Before I founded Big Vision, I was working mostly as a performer… Read more »

Women in Film Portraits: Danielle Eliska Lyle

Danielle Eliska Lyle is a writer, filmmaker and photographer from Detroit. As a “black archivist,” her life’s work is to tell stories (written, filmed, and photographed) of powerful women, the black diaspora, and the state of black culture. Danielle received her MFA in Dramatic Writing in Film, Television, and Theatre from New York University, gained notable screenwriting… Read more »

Women in Film Portraits: Alicia Slimmer

Alicia Slimmer is an award winning independent filmmaker whose debut feature film, Creedmoria, is being released in the spring 2018. The Hollywood Reporter said Creedmoria “boasts an exuberant comic vitality that keeps the viewer engaged and Dawson’s winning performance as the beleaguered heroine makes you root for her at every turn.” The movie won numerous… Read more »

Women in Film Portraits: Caroline Mariko Stucky

Caroline Mariko Stucky is a Swiss-Japanese independent filmmaker with a fierce passion for American culture. For Caroline, film, which she interprets as the world of the image, is the ultimate language. It surpasses the kaleidoscope of spoken languages that informed her childhood. In this interview, I speak with Caroline about coming to the United States… Read more »