Talent Guide

Laura Nix

  • Discipline:Director, Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2011


Laura Nix recently produced the documentary festival hit The Yes Men Fix the World and is currently a writer on the documentary California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown, about the former governor. Her non-fiction work has been shown on HBO, IFC, Planet Green and the History Channel, in addition to international DVD distribution. She is the writer and director of the narrative feature The Politics of Fur, which played in over 70 film festivals internationally, and won numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. In 2001, Laura co-founded the production company Automat Pictures, where she produced and/or directed over 100 presentations, including the feature documentary Whether You Like It Or Not: The Story of Hedwig. Previously, she was a member of Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s production team as Associate Producer of The Celluloid Closet.

Current Project



Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, balances the responsibilities of marriage and motherhood with her role as an Islamic leader in Damascus, Syria. Houda gives women and girls first hand knowledge of the Qur'an, in the school she founded when she was only 17. Using Islam as a catalyst for change, she challenges rigid cultural tradition, encouraging girls to pursue higher education and jobs. In a world rarely seen, Houda's inspiring school reveals why women are choosing Islam in a rapidly changing world.