Laurens Grant

The Nineties rebroadcast on CNN!


I joined Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman & Mark Herzog on their acclaimed "decades" series. I produced the episodes: Can We All Get Along? about race and culture which was nominated for an ACE editing award for Best Edited Documentary [Small Screen]; and New World Order about the George H. W. Bush administration.

Good news! Buenas Noticias! The entire 4-hour series of Latin Music USA was rebroadcast on PBS! I co-produced Hour 3.


The series is narrated by Jimmy Smits (How To Get Away With Murder24 Legacy, Dexter, The West Wing). See some of your favorite artists from Carlos Santana, Ritchie Valens, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Pit Bull, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Selena, and many more! Check your local PBS listings for rebroadcasts and purchases. Follow the action on twitter: #LatinoMusicUSA @LatinoMusicUSA


Ep 1: Bridges”/Ep 2: The Salsa Revolution 

Trace the rise of Latin jazz, the explosion of the mambo and the cha-cha-cha as they swept across the U.S., infiltrating rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll through the 1960s. As the musical journey continues, LMUSA explores how Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvented Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms by adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa—which became a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

Ep 3: The Chicano Wave”/Ep 4: Divas and Superstars 

Mexican Americans in California, Texas and throughout the Southwest created their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. This episode shows how their music played an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propelled them from the barrio to the national stage.


The final hour focuses on the Latin pop explosion of the turn of the 21st century and the success of artists like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. As studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latino youth gravitate toward urban fusions like Spanish rap and reggaetón, as well as rock en Español. Lin-Manuel Miranda describes his first Broadway success, In the Heights, with its range of Latino characters and sounds. 


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THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

'Mr. Soul' Spotlights Groundbreaking Talk Show of the '60s

I attended the 2nd annual Halifax Black Film Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada! I also led a documentary producing workshop co-sponsored by Women in Film - Atlantic and Women Making Waves. It was a pleasure to work with co-founder, entrepreneur and femme extraordinaire Fabienne Colas! #HBFF18 @wiftat #WomenMakingWaves and @HABlackFilmFest 

Produced and Directed by Laurens Grant

I participated in a terrific panel discussion about social impact documentary filmmaking with amazing filmmakers Stephanie Soechtig and Jessica Hargrave and engagement specialist Sonya Childress. The event was sponsored by Women In Film and moderated by Katie Doering, former Producer, Sundance Catalyst & Women at Sundance Initiative.

UNITED SKATES

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Fri. Sept. 8, 2017 - British Urban Film Festival - London


Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement had its London premiere! I Directed and Produced this documentary about the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Jesse Williams [Grey's Anatomy] is executive producer. The film aired on BET. I received a warm reception from festival founders and executives Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe and Clare Anyiam-Osigwe. Also in attendance was filmmaker and Oscar winner Jamal Joseph! @buffenterprises @buffawards  #BTBUFF2017 http://www.instagram.com/buffenterprises ​



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   NOW AVAILABLE!

Join me and filmmakers Lyn Goldfarb and Johanna Demetrakas on a panel hosted by the IDA [International Documentary Association] at the West Coast Meet-Up of the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors. The event is Sat. Oct. 20 at Getty Images in Los Angeles. For tickets and more information:

https://bit.ly/2PKdZsr and  https://goo.gl/forms/jnQEFhZn5q1R5PDJ3

Directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown

WINNER TriBeca Audience Award!

STAY WOKE:

THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

Directed By Melissa Haizlip 

WINNER AFI Audience Award!

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   NOW AVAILABLE!

I am a Consulting Producer on these exciting documentaries! Both are screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Both had their world premieres at the TriBeca Film Festival and HotDocs in Canada this year! I am honored to work with these fabulous first-time female filmmakers!

John Legend boards 'United Skates'


Executive Produced by Jesse Williams

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I am a Consulting Producer on this searing documentary about Recy Taylor, an African American woman who was gang raped by six white men in Alabama in 1944. She risked her life by bravely speaking up and identifying her accusers during this Jim Crow era. They were never prosecuted. Taylor died in December 2017 at the age of 97. Oprah mentioned Taylor during her Golden Globes speech. @RecyTaylorFilm facebook.com/TheRapeofRecyTaylor  instagram.com/augustafilms

​​Closing night film at LA Film Festival!

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MR. SOUL!