"Chelsea Pictures Inks Director Lauren Greenfield," November 10, 2006
Lauren Greenfield, a noted still photographer who showed her filmmaking prowess in the feature length documentary Thin, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, has signed with bicoastal/international Chelsea Pictures for representation as a spot director.
Thin--which marked Greenfield's directorial debut--chronicles four women as they struggle to fight eating disorders. The lauded film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Newport International Film Festival and the Jackson Hole Film Festival. Thin was deemed the best feature-length documentary at the '06 London Film Festival and was selected as a Blue Ribbon nominee for the International Documentary Association Awards.
The springboard for Thin was Greenfield's work as a still shooter. In '97, she was sent by Time Magazine to the Renfre Center, a Florida facility for women with severe eating disorders. She took photographs there and returned to take more--this work is currently on exhibit at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles through Nov. 25, The national tour of the exhibition will open at The Women's Museum in Dallas in Feb. '07.
Thin centers on some of the women Greenfield met at Renfrew. Chelsea partners Allison Amon and Lisa Mehling saw the film at Sundance and immediately took to Greenfield's directing/storytelling sensibilities. Mehling has been following Greenfield's work dating back to the photographer's book Fast Forward, which was published in '98. "Lauren has a loyal following in the advertising print world, and I am thrilled to be part of broadening her scope into commercials," related Mehling.
Greenfield's three published books--Fast Forward, Girl Culture and Thin--have gained widespread exposure and helped her to become regarded as a leading chronicler of youth culture. Over the years her print work has been displayed in assorted museums and private collections, including the International Center of Photography, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Musei Capitolini of Rome, the Reflex Modern Art Gallery of Amsterdam and New York's Pace/Macgill Gallery.
The photographic work of Greenfield has appeared in New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, American Photo, French Photo and the London Sunday Times Magazine, among many other publications.