LAUREN WOLKSTEIN is a NYC-based filmmaker originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her award-winning short films include Social Butterfly (2013 Sundance Film Festival), Cigarette Candy (2010 SXSW Grand Jury Prize) and The Strange Ones (2011 Sundance Film Festival) co-directed with Christopher Radcliff, which serves as the basis for the duo’s first feature film, currently in post-production. Lauren also recently completed Collective:Unconscious, a collaborative feature spearheaded by Dan Schoenbrun (with directors Josephine Decker, Lily Baldwin, Daniel Carbone, and Frances Bodomo), which was the first omnibus to premiere in the Narrative Feature Competition at SXSW, in 2016. She was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project’s inaugural Emerging Visions program at the 2011 New York Film Festival and Filmmaker Magazine recently named her one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Lauren received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University and is an assistant professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University.
CHRISTOPHER RADCLIFF is an award-winning filmmaker originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently based in New York City. The Strange Ones, co-directed with Lauren Wolkstein, is his first feature film, for which they were awarded the Fortissimo Films/Wouter Barendrecht Film Fund Award at the 2016 edition of Cinemart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, as well as the 2015 Rooftop Films Eastern Effects Grant. The film is based upon their award-winning short of the same name, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. His most recent short film, Jonathan’s Chest, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and continues to screen around the world. He has been a participant of IFP’s Emerging Storytellers program as well as the Berlinale Talent’s Script Station workshop. Christopher earned his MFA in film from Columbia University, where he also received the Ezra Litwak Award for Distinction in Screenwriting.