Laurie Little is a Chicago-based filmmaker, artist, and educator.
Video continues to be a force in generating social change and exposing the realities of life in America. That’s why Media Burn Archive is presenting a series of screenings and discussions with pioneers of video art and activism.
This edition features Laurie Little. Little presented a collection of short films and trailers, with the goal of covering a wide variety of her videomaking career. In conjunction with the event, she has enabled online access to her films “Sisters March” and “Totalité,” which are discussed in the event but not presented in full.
Originally from Canada, Laurie Little is a Chicago-based filmmaker, artist and educator. Her award-winning films have been screened at festivals and exhibitions worldwide. Little’s observational documentaries and fiction films work to inspire dialogue and advocacy for change.
Her film, “Sisters March” connects voices of hope, empowerment, and intersectionality during the Women’s March. “Totalité,” about Photographer and Umbraphile Richard Bellia, looks at Bellia’s passion for the creative process and its parallels to nature. The film was a collaboration with Justin T. Jones.
Little is currently in post on the documentary “Musher”, following four female dog sled racers on the Lake Superior south shore race circuit. She’s working with film partner Anu Rana on “Musher.” Little is simultaneously in production on the doc, “The Light of Truth: A Monument for Ida B. Wells” with partners, Rana Segal and Judi Singleton.
Most recently, Little’s short film Canopy screened at the Field Museum’s “Night of Ideas” just before the pandemic hit. Her film about a vegan food drive — a collaboration with Cruelty Free You and Me, I Grow Chicago, and Luminist Films partner Bridgette Wilson — is safely in production. The feature film “Un œil sur Bellia” — inspired by “Totalité” — is also in production.
Little holds a BFA from York University and an MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago where she teaches the classes Documenting Social Injustice and Culture Race and Media. Her work as a digital artist on the Aldi account with Publicis Groupe Chicago/The Pub/Leo Burnett helps to support her filmmaking habit.
You can check out more of her work at LuministFilms.com