LAUREN SAFFA is a film editor specializing in documentaries. Recent editing highlights include The Cost of Silence, a whistleblowing film about the Deepwater Horizon disaster victims (Sundance Film Festival 2020) and the Emmy Award winning ESPN 30 for 30 short Blackfeet Boxing about a Native American boxing gym for girls (Big Sky Film Festival 2020). Lauren just wrapped Song Exploder, the hit new Netflix documentary series which breaks down the creative process of famous musicians. Other editor credits include Do You Trust This Computer about the future of Artificial Intelligence, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (Dir. Ron Howard), and Hooligan Sparrow, a guerrilla-style film about human rights activism in China (Oscar Shortlist Best Documentary, Sundance Film Festival, 2016).
Lauren co-produced and edited the feature documentary Another World about the Occupy Wall Street movement with Director Fisher Stevens (Berlin International Film Festival, 2014). Other films with Stevens include Deepest Dive for BBC America and the feature documentary My Decisions, commissioned by Microsoft. Lauren’s narrative short Tinto for Subway Token Films premiered at TriBeCa Film Festival 2014, and her documentary short Father Rick for Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice played at Toronto Film Festival 2014.
In New York, Lauren graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts / Gallatin. In Cuba, she studied film at La Fundacion del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. Lauren produced widely acclaimed political theater and film for The Culture Project, including the short film series War Against Wars investigating United Nations Peacekeeping, which premiered at the UN General Assembly Hall.
Lauren grew up learning from and schlepping a boom for her mom, veteran documentary filmmaker Joan Saffa. More recently, they were on location in Myanmar together for the documentary Looking Through the Eyes of AIDS, about AIDS in the developing world. Lauren currently resides in Santa Monica with her husband and spirited toddler.