Films by Filmmaker
Laurel Chiten of Blind Dog Films, Producer/Director of Twitch and Shout and The Jew in the Lotus . Her most recent film Twisted about people with the neurological disorder dystonia, was broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens In January. She also made Touched about people who believe they have been abducted by aliens. Chiten has been an independent filmmaker for over twenty years. Before working in film, Chiten was involved in deaf theatre as a writer and director. In 1988, she released her first video, Two in Twenty, a five episode satirical soap opera which became a cult classic and is now distributed in home video markets. Chiten produced and directed a 10 part series based on Robin Casarjians book Houses of Healing, a self study guide on emotional awareness utilized in prisons nationwide. Laurel was an artist in residence at the Bellagio Conference and Study Center sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation. She was also honored with an artist residency at Yaddo in 1996 and recently The MacDowell Colony in May. She was also a documentary juror at the Florida Film Festival 2001. She was a teacher at Boston Film and Video Foundation, and Maine Photographic Workshops, and a lecturer around the world including a yearly speaker at Harvard Medical School and guest speaker at many universities and synagogues.