Laurie Weltz's debut film, WRESTLING WITH ALLIGATORS, premiered at Sundance, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and went on to play many other festivals, winning awards at several. Alligators starred Joely Richardson, Aleksa Palladino, Claire Bloom, Adrienne Shelly, Sam Trammel, and Jay O. Sanders and was released theatrically and on video and television.
Laurie’s second feature film, ABOUT SCOUT aka SCOUT, based on her award winning script was released in 2016 both theatrically and on VOD and DVD after a successful festival run. The film stars India Ennenga, Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover, Jane Seymour, Nikki Reed and James Frecheville.
Laurie has written three other optioned feature scripts: THE NIGHT SWIMMER currently in development, WATERMOON, a ghostly thriller, and MONKEY RIVER, a family film, which she co-wrote with Jay C. Key, which won the Grand Prize in the PAGE Screenwriting Competition.
Laurie has worked as a freelance director, writer and editor for hundreds of feature films, television shows, music videos, documentaries, web series and on branded content, including such television documentaries as; SHOCK VIDEO, an HBO feature doc, A & E’s documentary series HEROES, MADE IN THE USA, a six part TV series for Channel 4 in the U.K. and NELSON SULLIVAN’S WORLD OF WONDER, a one hour video diary about the NY club scene in the 80’s. Her television work has twice been nominated for an ACE Award.
Laurie is a graduate of NYU Grad Film, and her thesis film AT FIVE AND TWENTY-FIVE, won several awards and was aired on USA Television. She is the Programming Director of the Film Fatales, has served as a judge for several film festivals, and runs the monthly panel series Women in Focus. Her projects have been recipients of numerous screenwriting and filmmaking awards, as well as participants in IFP Emerging Filmmakers, IFP No Borders, a finalist for NYWIFT’s Ravenal Grant, and Stowe Story Labs PAGE Screenwriting Fellow.