DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Laura Colella (Writer/Director) was one of the Sundance Institute’s eight Directing Fellows for 2000. She spent five weeks at their Directing and Screenwriting Labs, workshopping her feature screenplay "Stay Until Tomorrow". With this project, Laura was also: a 2002 Rockefeller Grant Nominee; a 2002, 2003, & 2004 LEF Moving Image Fund Fellow; a 2001 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award Finalist; a First Place winner of the Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition; and a First Place Fellowship recipient from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. For the film’s production, the Sundance Institute arranged for donations of a full camera package, film stock, processing, editing software, a title package, and free first film print.
In 1998, Laura completed her first 16MM feature "Tax Day". For this film she received a donation through the Sundance Institute of a camera package from AATON. Since its completion, "Tax Day" has appeared in numerous festivals, winning awards such as the “Breakthrough Award”, “Best Narrative”, and “Best First Feature”. It was also screened at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, New York’s Anthology Film Archives, Chicago Filmmakers, and several universities. In March 2001, "Tax Day" toured ten cities in four southeastern states, sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Southern Circuit. On Tax Day of 2001, the film had its broadcast debut on PBS. In May, it was one of a handful of features that Filmfestivals.com selected to “premiere” online and promote during the Cannes Film Festival.
Laura’s most recent 16MM short film "Statuary" (1995, 27 minutes) has been screened at over fifty venues internationally. For "Statuary", Laura received ten festival awards, such as “Most Promising Filmmaker” and the “Eastman Kodak Best Experimental Film Award”. Laura is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University. Two films she made as an undergraduate also played at over a dozen festivals, winning a handful of awards.