Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn is interested in telling compelling, visually interesting stories that don’t normally find their way to the screen. She focuses on the lives of unsung women and the extraordinary communities they have built. Laurie’s film A Midwife’s Tale was part of PBS’s American Experience series and won numerous awards including a national Emmy for Outstanding Non-fiction. Her film, TUPPERWARE! won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director Emmy. Her latest film is Love Between the Covers, which has 5 stars at Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. As Project Director of the Popular Romance Project, she coordinated the documentary, an interactive website, a nationwide library program, and a conference at the Library of Congress (What is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age).  Laurie’s films are used in courses on women’s history, medical history, early American history, obstetrics, midwifery, 20th century history, pop culture studies, marketing and gender studies. She conceived of and produced an award winning website, DoHistory.org, that immerses its users in the hands-on process of piecing together the life of a person in the past. Kahn’s film company, Blueberry Hill Productions, was founded in 1992. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she worked on many award-winning documentary series, including The American Experience, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965, and Frontline Special Report: Crisis in Central America. Since 2007, Laurie has directed the Creativity Foundation. She has also been a consultant for the American Film Institute, The Smithsonian Institution, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before working in film, she worked in radio for NPR’s evening news program All Things Considered

Current Projects

I am working with The Orchard, Java Films, and Women Make Movies to distribute my last film, Love Between the Covers. I’m shooting a young-adult homeless shelter in Harvard Square, staffed by volunteer university students the same ages as their homeless guests. And I’m writing a feature film screenplay about The Mercury 13 -- thirteen intrepid female pilots who passed the "right stuff" astronaut tests at the dawn of the space age.

Representative Publications

Love Between the Covers, a feature length documentary, is being seen worldwide on digital platforms, on TV, and at public libraries and universities. Winner of Best Documentary award from La Femme International Film Festival, & Best Film at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. 

Tupperware!, a feature length documentary was broadcast on PBS and in more than 20 other countries. It is used in classrooms around the world. Winner of the George Foster Peabody Award, & nominated for the EMMY for Best Nonfiction Director.