Women’s History Month: Featuring Filmmaker Laurel Cohen

We're celebrating Women's History Month by celebrating the ladies of Zooppa. Check out this interview with Filmmaker Laurel Cohen!

Happy Women’s History Month, yet again!

Despite the uncertain times we are all going through right now, we want to remain positive, keep moving forward, and continue celebrating the women in our lives!

We have always committed to doing everything we can to bring equality to the industry and beyond at Zooppa. That’s why we launched Peggy in 2018. And it’s why we continue to celebrate and highlight the multifaceted, multicultural, and underrepresented filmmakers and creatives in our community. 

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the amazing, powerful ladies of our community, we’re bringing you a series of features and interviews with Zooppers just like yourself. These ladies are Zooppa veterans, award winning filmmakers, innovative designers and more. 

Laurel Cohen Women's History Month: A Serenade H&R Block Open Project submission.
A Serenade directed by Laurel Cohen

Laurel Cohen has been a member of the Zooppa community since 2016! (Happy 4 year anniversary ????) She has won several Open Projects and has participated in some private ones too. She took home first place for Zespri’s ‘Taste the Difference’ Open Project and H&R Block’s Open Project. Additionally, she’s been a key player in our VIP community’s Private Projects.

Needless to say, she is one of our star filmmakers! So without further ado, lets get to know one of our coolest ladies a little better…

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

A time to extra celebrate women. Women are awesome.

“Just Do it” by Lily & Madeleine, directed by Laurel Cohen

What challenges have you faced as a female/female-identifying creative and how do you address them?

I went to Film Camp when I was younger and remember calling home in tears, convinced I wouldn’t have a place in film because the gear was too heavy. While it is not a female-specific challenge, I feel like many female filmmakers (myself included) have some insecurity about being able to carry heavy gear. I also know female filmmakers who boss out at carrying the heaviest cases.

However, my turning point was once I started working on larger sets with specialized jobs. I realized that there were many different sides to filmmaking and that it was not, in fact, just about carrying gear.

What type of films/videos do you like making the most and least?

I like creating joyful/humorous work that makes people feel good when they watch it. I’m not a fan of editing long interviews. 

“Just Do it” by Lily & Madeleine, directed by Laurel Cohen

Can you give us some tips for putting together a reel?

Keep it short and dynamic.

Favorite work by a woman you’ve encountered recently?

My friend Candace just released a podcast called Motive through WBEZ Chicago. It’s an intense and powerful listen that I’d recommend.

Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

Still in Colorado, hiking often, continuing to work as a freelance filmmaker.

“Just Do it” by Lily & Madeleine, directed by Laurel Cohen

What advice would you give to up-and-coming creatives?

Consider what you love doing most and the reasons why you love it. Follow that ‘why.’

We love sharing and bragging about all the incredible things that our community members are doing out there in the world. We’d love to hear about what you’re doing and brag about you too!

Share your news, your passion projects, your award winning films, and your works in progress with us by email!

We <3 you. Happy Women’s History Month!

Stay safe and thank you for being here with us.

Zooppa Community Team

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