Lori Cheatle

Producer

Lori Cheatle, Producer

Classes taught:
Documentary Masters

Lori Cheatle is a producer and founder of Hard Working Movies, an independent production company based in Brooklyn, NY, that produces stories that are bold, creative and entertaining, focusing on high-profile documentary features and series. Her films have screened at all the top international film festivals, in theaters and on platforms around the world.  Titles include MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. dir. by Steve Loveridge, winner of a Special Jury award at Sundance 2018 and the opening night film for New Directors/New Films; I Am Another You by Nanfu Wang, which won two special jury awards at SXSW before its release by FilmRise and Independent Lens; KIKI, directed by Sara Jordeno (IFC Films/Sundance Selects) which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival before screening at festivals in 70 countries. KIKI won a Berlin Teddy Award, the Kathleen Edwards Bryan Human Rights Award, the Emerging Artist Award from Outfest, and Independent Spirit Award and GLAAD Award nominations; CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart, (Dir. Jeremiah Zagar) for HBO and Sky Atlantic, which premiered at Sundance and was broadcast in over 80 countries;  SEVEN SONGS FOR A  LONG LIFE , (Dir. Amy Hardie; SXSW 2016; BBC, POV), nominated for a Scottish BAFTA Award; three films directed by Doug Block, including the multiple audience-winner 112 Weddings (HBO, Dogwoof, Zeitgeist Films), THE KIDS GROW UP (HBO); and 51 BIRCH STREET (HBO, ZDF/Arte), which was picked as one of NY Times Ten Best Films of the year; THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, selected for the Whitney Biennial; THE EDGE OF DREAMING and many others.

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Fall 2019 info sessions
October 24, 2018

Fall 2019 info sessions

Interested in human stories?  Connected to social justice issues?  Explore the potential of a career in documentary storytelling at SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Read More
Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC
October 17, 2018

Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC

Fall begins and we’re excited to find some of our alumni and faculty’s new films at Doc NYC this year! Come and join us to watch some amazing films - grab some friends!Read More
Fall Weekend Workshops
October 02, 2018

Fall Weekend Workshops

We've got three weekend workshops coming up in the Fall to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills and perfect your budget. Maybe you're just starting out and need the basics, or you are more experienced and want a refresher - the Read More
8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!
September 12, 2018

8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!

Join us to celebrate the graduates of School of VISUAL ARTS MFA Social Documentary Film with the 8th Annual Thesis Showcase. We are proud to celebrate GROUP 8, the class of 2018! Here we share their work-in-progress thesis films, which inspir Read More