Laurel Chiten

Filmmaker & Distribution Consultant

Laurel Chiten has been critiquing and influencing social issues for over 30 years. Her high-profile films have screened at film festivals around the world; at universities and medical schools; won numerous awards; been nominated for an Emmy and been broadcast on PBS’s Emmy winning national series, Independent Lens, and POV. Her previous films have gained her acknowledgment and respect from doctors, researchers and institutions including Harvard Medical School, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard University,

Before working in film, Chiten was involved in deaf theatre as a writer and director. In 1988, she released her first video series, Two in Twenty, a five episode satirical soap opera which became a cult classic and is now distributed in home video markets. Chiten produced and directed a 10 part series based on Robin Casarjian’s book Houses of Healing, a self study guide on emotional awareness utilized in prisons nationwide.

Laurel was an artist in residence at the Bellagio Conference and Study Center sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation. She was honored with artist residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.

The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while educating them.

Chiten is also a distribution consultant. Learn more about her unique distribution model here.


  • Emmy Nomination from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Mass Access Award for people in the entertainment industry who promote a positive image of people with disabilities
  • Best of Category Winner Golden Gate Awards Competition
  • WorldFest Gold Award Charleston International Film & Video Festival
  • Golden Apple Award National Educational Media Network
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • William Hammond Award for Excellence in Medical Journalism American Medical Writers Association
  • Robinson Award in Electronic Media nomination. American Psychiatric Association
  • Best documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival