The Sandman

Lauren Knapp

United States, 2016

A doctor walks the line of his own morality as he participates in executions, while personally opposing capital punishment.

Project Type: Documentary, Short, Student

Duration: 00:18:54

Language: English


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About the Filmmaker

Lauren Knapp works across platforms to share true and compelling stories. She has been working in film, television, and radio since 2006 and her stories have appeared on the PBS NewsHour, PRI’s The World, WQED, and The Atlantic Monthly website. In 2011, she moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with the support of a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship where she created Live From UB (2015), an award-winning feature length documentary on rock music and national identity among Mongolia’s urban youth. Lauren’s work pushes beyond traditional media. Her first piece in 360 video and a collaboration with Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, The Crystal Reef, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.

With a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College and a background in journalism, Lauren found a marriage of her interests in documentary film. Her work aims to provoke more questions than answers. Interrogating globalization, the practice of active shooter safety drills in elementary schools, citizen scientists who blur the line between biological innovation and body modification, the experience of aging, and medicalized executions, are some of the issues her films explore. Lauren received a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University in 2016.

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