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Lauren Speeth

Master storyteller and career technologist and filmmaker Lauren Speeth has taken Elfenworks Productions LLC from a noted boutique webdesign consultancy to today’s award-winning cutting-edge multimedia company, “bringing light to what is right.”  Leveraging leadership skills as an entrepreneur, team builder, and strategist, Speeth has assembled a committed “dream team” willing and able to tackle any project with aplomb.  As a filmmaker, Speeth has over a dozen years of experience, having received guidance, coaching, and direction from her late uncle, filmmaker Christopher Speeth. Her most recent film, “Exploring Hope for Better Times,” is dedicated to Chris’ memory, and she has rededicated herself to sharing what she knows with the next generation of filmmakers. To this end, Speeth is especially proud of her work with students.

Speeth has a long history of acclaimed documentaries that interweave music and message for a positive takeaway, and her work has received critical acclaim stretching back to 2005, when her “Jeremy Cohen and Friends Celebrate Joe Venuti” [2005] became an Official Selection at the Globians International Film Festival in Potsdam, Germany, while selections from her documentary film “Aaron Rosand, Live at Mills College” [2005] have garnered over 80,000 online views and counting.  The following year, Speeth came into her own, when her documentary film  “Tammy Hall: Reflections” [2005] was an official selection at: Mendocino Film Festival; Ybor Festival of the Moving Image; Globians Festival (Potsdam, Germany); Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary’s Ocean Film Festival; Black Earth Film Festival; and Reel Women Festival in Los Angeles. Reflections also won the overall music video category as well as Best Jazz Short at its screening at the Indie Gathering in Cleveland, Ohio, and was Best International Documentary Short at Calgary Fringe Film Festival in Canada.  

Her next important film, “A Concert for Hope” [2008], interwove music and message as it invited audiences to share in a milestone moment: the launch of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. This film was well received, garnering a 2009 Silver Lei Award at the Honolulu International Film Festival, and a screening at Sunset on the Beach.   It was followed by “What Green Can Be” [2013], an Official Selection of the Sedona International Film Festival and Sedona Green that was featured on Marin TV.   That same year, her stereoscopic documentary film, “Ireland, the Celtic Way” [2013] was released. It has since garnered Best 3D Documentary at the Los Angeles 3-D Film Festival, and has had screenings around the Bay Area. These last two documentaries are available to educators on Kanopy and are also seeking distribution.   

In music, she began early, as a light lyric soprano/soloist with Singing Angels, with vocal coaching from Eleanor Cohen and Faith Winthrop, and piano, flute, violin and guitar training from notable artists including Virginia Sanseau, Josh Workman, Betty Haag, Chris Kranyak, Joseph Gold, Jeremy Cohen and Aaron Rosand. She also studied music theory at Mills College and is a proud member emerita of the First Violin section of the Peninsula Symphony. Among her compositions are: In Harmony With Hope (A Concert for Hope); Elf Portrait (Ireland, The Celtic Way); Such a Crime, Rough Justice, For Our Time; and the lyrics for the songs of Love Is Here and Pastor Fish.  Select critical acclaim:

Portrait by Anna Sidana

Portrait by Anna Sidana

  • BOOK – Recommended Read, US Review of Books & Living Now Book Award, Book: Intelligence & Compassion in Action; The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurs [Author, 2014].
  • FILM (NON-MUSIC) – Official Selection, Sedona International Film Festival / Sedona Green (Sedona AZ), Film: What Green Can Be [Producer/Director/Host, 2014.]; Best 3-D Documentary. LA 3-D Film Festival (Los Angeles CA), Film: Ireland, The Celtic Way [Producer/Director/Host, 2013]
  • MUSIC RELATED – Silver Lei Award (and Official Selection), Honolulu International Film Festival (Honolulu HI); Official Selection, Reel Festival for Women (Los Angeles CA); Screening, Sunset on The Beach (Waikiki HI), Film: A Concert for Hope [Producer/Director, 2009.]; Screening, The Curtis Institute of Music, and Telly Award, Film: Violins & Cigars [Producer/Director, 2007.]; Editor’s Pick (Body & Soul Magazine), CD: Rejuve [Producer, Violin, 2007. ];  Best International Documentary Short, Calgary Fringe Festival (Canada). Best Jazz Short & Best Music Video, The Indie Gathering (Cleveland OH). Official Selection at the following Film Festivals: Mendocino Film Festival (Mendocino CA); Ybor Festival of the Moving Image (Tampa FL); Globians Potsdam World and Culture Documentary Film Festival (Potsdam Germany); Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary’s Ocean Film Festival (Savannah GA); Black Earth (Gaelsburg IL); Reel Women (Los Angeles CA), Film: Tammy Hall Reflections [Producer/Director, 2006.]; Globians Official Selection (Potsdam Germany) and 3rd Place for Live Performance Video, JPF Awards, Film: Jeremy Cohen & Friends Celebrate Joe Venuti [Producer/Director, 2005.].

Speeth was also Executive Producer the Grammy® nominated CD Látigo and the DVD release of Malatesta’s Carnival [Best Vintage Film, Eerie Horror Fest, 2005].  For her work, Speeth was named one of 40 Women of Influence by Saint Mary’s College of California and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv [See Foundation Bio].  She holds a BA from Mills, an MBA from SMC, a DBA from GGU, a DMin from BGU, and an Advanced Computer Security Professional Certificate from Stanford, where she also completed an Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders and  her CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). A Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH) and Registered Homeopath (RSHom(NA)), Speeth also holds an International Homeopath Certification (IHC). Much sought after as a public speaker and judge of media content, her favorite venues involve speaking to and encouraging student artists/filmmakers and young entrepreneurs / social entrepreneurs with the message “never underestimate your ripple.”