Laura Baker Ménard

About /

Laura Baker Ménard is a French American writer-director. She loves New Wave films just as much as Hollywood blockbusters: Full Moon in Paris and Dumb and Dumber feature among her all-time favorite movies. Being quite prone to laughing and crying, she is fond of comedy-dramas. Her scripts and films blend fiction with non-fiction and stage complex characters, who are full of contradictions.
Laura delights in exploring the innovative world of television series, even though she remains strongly attached to the big screen. She is thrilled to witness the growing presence of women in the film industry, both on and off screen, and ever so eager to join this revolution.

Work /

Directing

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YES FUTURE (2020)

a documentary about career paths and meanderings, directed during a filmmaking workshop, at the French Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers
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FAÏZA GUÈNE (2019)

a video presentation of the French Algerian writer, commissioned by the European research project 'Memoirs'
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OUVRIER.E.S AU MUSÉE (2019)

an exhibition teaser commissioned by Musée de l'Histoire Vivante in Montreuil, France
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SMILE ! (2017)

a short film written, directed and edited by Laura Baker Ménard

Screenwriting

SOCCER TIME ! (2021)

a comedy TV series about a non-professional women's soccer team (10x26min), co-written by Julie Pintos

THE MAN (2019)

a medium-length film about a summertime friendship between two boys living in Paris, written in collaboration with Bertrand Duma

THE SUBSTITUTE (2019)

a short film in which a French teacher meets a young slam poet, written in collaboration with Sophie Pairault

Podcasts

POSSESSED (2021)

a talk on our relationship to objects in our daily lives, created in collaboration with Fernanda Vilar for the Deezer Podcast Contest 2'12 teaser

ALEXANDER THE GREAT (2020)

a historical fiction co-created by Jean-Noël Tardy

MEHDI CHAREF (2019)

a reflection of the novelist and director on the role of school 3'55 teaser

Photography

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BACK TO THE PRESENT (2014)

a series of black and white portraits of Paraguayan Mennonites
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BLACK LIT (2013)

a documentary photo project about the Afro-Caribbean youth in Isla Grande, Panama
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EL INFIERNO (2012)

a dystopian account of the relationship between man and nature, in Rio Verde, Paraguay

Theater

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LE THÉÂTRE DE L'AMANTE ANGLAISE (2010)

a play written by Marguerite Duras, staged by Laura Baker Ménard