Awards Received:

  • USA Artists Project Grant  for "Local..."   2012
  • Cinedance Film Festival     First Prize "Rolling..."   2005
  • NYU Film School Adjunct Development Grant    2005
  • Dance Films Association Grant  "Hepa!"     1998
  • NIPAD Production Grant    "Rolling...."   1998
  • Fellowship at UCLA  in Dance Media  1998
  • NYFA Grant   1997
  • Broadcast Design  Silver Prize  1995
  • Asifa East   First Prize   "Capoeira"   1994
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival   Best Animated Film   "Status..."   1992 
  • Creativity Magazine    "Capoeira"   1995 
  • NYU Animation Award    1990 and 1991
  • University of Hawaii    Creative Writing    1988

Besides creating her own films, Laura worked as a designer and colorist at MTV Animation on the cult classics “The Head”, “Beavis and Butthead” and “Daria” and more recently animated for the Cartoon network show "Clarence".    While living in NYC, Laura had the great fortune to work for George Griffin, John Canemaker, Jeff Scher, Mo Willems, Jane Aaron, and Bill Plimpton among others.  Laura has taught animation at Pratt, New York Film Academy, The School of Visual Arts and was a full time faculty at New York University where she taught for thirteen years.  Laura has also taught at Punahou school, 'Iolani school, Hawaii Women in Filmmaking and guest lectured at Lincoln Center, SUNY Oneonta, Kapiolani Community College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Laura returned home to Hawaii in 2008.  She was selected to be in the "Artists of Hawaii" show at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2011.  Laura has recently completed a commissioned animated documentary for the non-profit Pacific Survivor Center.  Presently she is animating and coordinating the animations for the Endangered Hawaiian Bird project with the University of Hawaii, the Bishop Museum and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.