Lori Cheatle


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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Spring Festivals!
April 04, 2019

Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

Acknowledging that emerging documenta Read More
March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
February 12, 2019

March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops

We've got two weekend workshops coming up in March to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills. Read More