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Laurel Chiten
has been an independent filmmaker for over twenty-five years.

Laurel Chiten's most recent film is Twisted, a documentary about people with the neurological disorder, dystonia was broadcast on PBS's series Independent Lens January 30th 2007. Twisted was honored with Outstanding Achievement in a Documentary film from the Mass Access Awards.

Chiten also produced and directed Touched (2003) a film about people who think they have been abducted by aliens, and the Harvard psychiatrist who believed them. Touched won Best Documentary at its Canadian premiere at the Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) in Toronto on November 22, 2003. Touched also won Best Documentary of 2003 in the "Abductee or Contactee" category at the International UFO Congress, a long-running UFO convention. Touched is available on DVD from

She also made The Jew in the Lotus (1999) inspired by Rodger Kamenetz's best-selling book, focusing on the author's particular odyssey of suffering and the role of spirituality as a universal theme. The Jew in the Lotus has screened around the world and was broadcast nationwide on the PBS program Independent Lens. buy replica watches It has been honored with Most Outstanding Personal Vision from the New England Film and Video festival. The Jew in the Lotus is distributed by New Day Films.

In 1994 she completed Twitch and Shout, a documentary about people living with Tourette Syndrome, which was nationally broadcast in July 1995 as part of the highly-acclaimed PBS series, P.O.V. Twitch and Shout was nominated for a national Emmy, and has received numerous other awards. Twitch and Shout continues to receive wide educational distribution through New Day Films.

Chiten was Producer/Director/Co-Writer of Two in Twenty, a five episode satirical soap opera series, completed in 1988. Two in Twenty, which has become a cult classic, screened nationally and internationally at film and video festivals and is being distributed in home video markets through Wolfe Video.

Chiten produced a 10 part series with Robin Casarjian based on her book Houses of Healing, a self study guide utilized in prisons nationwide.

Chiten was an artist in resident at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. She received a residency scholarship at Yaddo and the MacDowell Artist Colony. best replica rolex Chiten was honored with The Artist 's Fellowship for creativity in video production from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities in 1987.

Chiten is also a certified American Sign Language interpreter.

She was also a teacher at the Boston Film and Video Foundation in Boston and at the Maine Photographic Workshops. She is a public speaker, and has been around the globe speaking with her films.

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