Lori Cheatle


Lori Cheatle, Producer


Classes taught:
Documentary Masters

Lori Cheatle is a producer of over 20 award-winning films and the founder of Hard Working Movies, a director-driven production company with an appetite for bold, high-profile narratives, with films as unique and diverse as the filmmakers behind them. She is most recently the Executive Producer of HAIL SATAN? (2019) which had its world premiere at Sundance and is in release through Magnolia Pictures. In 2018, she produced MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A., directed by Steve Loveridge, which won a Special Jury award at Sundance 2018 and the IDA Award for Best Music Documentary, was the opening night film of the New Directors/New Films festival and screened on platforms around the world, including a theatrical release in over 30 countries. Other feature documentaries include I AM ANOTHER YOU by Nanfu Wang, which won two jury awards at SXSW and is released by FilmRise and Independent Lens; KIKI by Sara Jordeno, which premiered at Sundance 2016 and won the Berlin Teddy Award, the Kathleen Edwards Bryan Human Rights Award, the Outfest Emerging Artist award and Independent Spirit Award and GLAAD award nominations and is distributed by IFC Films; CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart, directed by Jeremiah Zagar for HBO/Sky Atlantic, which premiered at Sundance and has been released in over 80 countries; Amy Hardie’s critically acclaimed THE EDGE OF DREAMING and her BAFTA nominated SEVEN SONGS FOR A LONG LIFETHIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, which was selected for the Whitney Biennial; and many others. Lori produced three films by Doug Block, which all aired on HBO, including the audience favorite 112 WEDDINGS along with THE KIDS GROW UP and 51 BIRCH STREET, which was named one of New York Times 10 Best Films of the Year. She received the 2019 Sundance I Amazon Producers Award for her work in non-fiction film.

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SocDoc at SXSW Festival 2020
February 13, 2020

SocDoc at SXSW Festival 2020

Winter is nearly behind us which means its time to kick off the 2020 festival season! 

SocDoc has a strong showing at South By Southwest this year. So if you' Read More
Camera, Sound & Budgeting Winter Weekend Workshops
January 15, 2020

Camera, Sound & Budgeting Winter Weekend Workshops

Interested in improving your documentary skills? Here are five workshops which can give you a whole range of skills to explore the wonderland of documentary. Whatever your professional background, these small classes will provide targeted and hands-o Read More
Sundance 2020: Alumni films at the festival!
January 14, 2020

Sundance 2020: Alumni films at the festival!

The SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 has announced their line up, which includes seven SocDoc titles!

In the US Documentary Competition, three of the sixteen selected features have SocDoc Alumni and Faculty on crew:
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DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!
October 21, 2019

DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!

We are thrilled to see so many SocDoc filmmakers a part of this year’s DOC NYC line-up! DOC NYC, America's largeset documentary festival, is entering it's tenth year, November 6-15, 2019. We are proud long-time supporters of the festiva Read More