Lara Stolman is an award-winning director, producer and writer of film and television. Her work has appeared in theaters, on Netflix, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, AMC, VH-1 and The New York Times website.
After over 10 years producing news and documentaries for NBC News and other broadcasters, Lara produced and directed Swim Team, an independent feature documentary film chronicling the rise of a competitive swim team made up of diverse teenagers on the autism spectrum. Swim Team screened at over 50 international film festivals and won 14 awards. It premiered theatrically at New York’s IFC Center, made its broadcast debut on PBS’ POV and streamed on Netflix. Swim Team has screened in over 200 communities, continues to be booked by non-profits, schools, festivals and corporations, and is currently being distributed internationally for broadcast and on digital channels.
Lara has written for HuffPost, Entrepreneur and other publications and she appears as a keynote speaker, panelist and guest teacher on diversity and inclusion, independent filmmaking and film distribution. Her speaking and teaching engagements have included: NYU, Columbia University, Comcast and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of American Film Showcase, she has traveled and taught as a Film Envoy in Kazakhstan and Albania. She has a BA in Political Science from Columbia College of Columbia University and a JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.