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My name is Lauren Havel. I'm an eighteen-year-old filmmaker striving to create beauty, inspire others, and spread hope! My life has already been an incredible journey and I can't wait to keep on using it to the glory of God! If you want to know how I became a filmmaker and the details of this crazy adventure, then read on below!

A Filmmaker's Journey

Eighteen-year-old Lauren Havel decided to pursue filmmaking after attending a film camp at the age of thirteen. Later that year, with the support of her mom, she created her first short film, I Hate Kate, which went viral on YouTube, amassing over 7.5 million views.


At fourteen, Lauren and her mom began working on a full-length feature film on screen addiction. They completed it in a little over a year despite covid lockdowns and subsequent restrictions. Lauren was presented with The Young Filmmaker Award for “Screened In” at the 2021 Christian Worldview Film Festival. 


Lauren’s second feature film is about a dyslexic artist seeking to find her place in the world. Having been viewed over 4.5 million times to date on one platform alone, “Not Broken” is among the most popular movies Lauren’s distributor has ever released. With a budget of only $10,000, “Not Broken” has already turned a profit, putting it in the top 3% of indie films. The drama has proven popular internationally with one university actually incorporating the movie’s contents into it’s curriculum.


Lauren’s latest film, “The Ground Beneath Our Feet,” was her most daunting project to date, involving over two hundred actors and extras. Currently in post-production, this movie is a cautionary tale about what becomes of a nation that turns its back on God. Flipping back and forth between two eras, the film seamlessly merges two stories into one.

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