Director of Photography
Laela's feature documentary credits include the Oscar winning Twenty Feet From Stardom, Sundance hit American Teen, the Emmy-nominated Word Wars, and Sync or Swim, which won the Billie Award for Journalism from the Women's Sports Foundation. Her most recent film, How to Dance in Ohio, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2015.
She also filmed the History Channel's eleven part docu-series Sandhogs, and has worked on series, specials and campaigns for NBC, FX, AMC, A&E, Nick Jr., ESPN, MTV, VH1, WeTV, the Trio Channel, TruTV, and TV One.
Her narrative work includes the award-winning June Weddings, starring Tom Noonan and directed and written by playwright Barbara Hammond; and Hic! Open a Door in the USA, winner of the BAMKids Film Festival Best Live Action Short Award and Prix Jeunesse International Finalist. Her work in collaboration with contemporary visual artists includes Blind Side, an installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Laela is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild and New York Women in Film & Television. She has served as a juror for the Brooklyn International Film Festival, Documentary Feature Awards, and as a guest speaker at The New School, Department in Media Studies & Film, Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies. She has a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University.