LAUREN LEWIS NEAL
is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. She is the Writers’ Assistant for the new CBS All Access series The Man Who Fell to Earth, and was the pilot Director’s Assistant on the highly anticipated Star Trek: Picard series. Last year, her pilot Stand Your Ground was named a Quarterfinalist in Script Pipeline’s TV competition and a Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival. In 2017, her narrative short script The Spare was selected for Canon’s Shoot-Out Competition, and her piece Harvey was a finalist in the Quick Cuts Competition and screened at Vision Fest in Los Angeles. She has written, researched, and consulted on narrative features for Broad Green Pictures, screenwriter Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton), and director Hanelle Culpepper (Counterpart, Gotham). Neal is the co-creator and director of Advocates, an irreverent web series satire about a gay non-profit organization, and is the founder of Queer Women in Moving Pictures, a queer women’s filmmaking collective in Los Angeles. Her articles have been published in Dissent, Guernica, and AfterEllen, and her photography has been exhibited at HER/LA. For her prose fiction, Neal was selected as a writer-in-residence at the Grin City Collective and as a finalist for the Summer Literary Prize.
Prior to working as a creative, Neal was a sales agent at Cinetic Media in New York, where she represented films such as Lee Daniels’s Precious, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, and Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, and spearheaded the theatrical release for Banksy’s Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. She holds a B.A. in Film and Media Studies and a Master’s degree in History. Her historical research on Conservative communities has been presented and awarded at international academic conferences.