Laura D’Antoni was born and raised in Germany to an American mother and Sicilian father. After moving to the US at age 17, she spent a month attending a New York Film Academy workshop in Florence, Italy, making short films on 16mm to test if her passion had merit as a career. It did. She received her B.F.A. in Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and made a 1950s period piece thesis film that screened at five film festivals. After working in New York as an assistant director on a popular web series and as an associate producer on a feature documentary, she started her own production company, Leprika Productions, in South Florida. There she directed her first feature documentary, Not Safe To Be Me, a film about the struggles of LGBT youth that premiered at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. D’Antoni also directed over 30 commercials for Walmart that aired on local South Florida television. In the last decade, she has continued to work towards her career in narrative filmmaking by writing shorts and a web-series, and directing at least one narrative piece each year. Currently D’Antoni lives in Los Angeles and works as a freelance director, cinematographer and editor. Recently she wrote and directed Cycle, a personal short film about domestic abuse from a little girl’s perspective.
Cycle is a very personal project for me, as its roots stem from memories I have as a child. Though not easy to write about, I wanted to explore a particular time in my early childhood and remember what my thoughts and feelings were back then. What I ended up with is a script that follows a little girl over a day and two evenings as she observes her mother. No judgement is verbally made, but it is clear that she is confused about her mother’s decisions. Now, as an adult, I understand, but as a child, the world around us is much more black and white, good or bad, happy or sad, and this story brings us back to that time.