Laura O’Grady likes to keep busy. The award-winning director and producer has travelled the globe to find great stories. She boarded icebreakers for the the prime-time documentary "Thin Ice: Saattuq", voyaged to Sri Lanka for "After the Tsunami," and attended some of the biggest red carpets in the world for the doc series "The Film Festival Project" and "Inside Entertainment."
Recently Laura has turned her attention toward digital documentaries. In 2017, "Queer Hutterite" received Canadian Screen Award nominations for Best Direction (Laura O’Grady) and Best Web Program or Series. Under the brand TELUS Originals, shorts produced by Laura received 3 Rosies (Best Short, Best Lifestyle, Best Director-Laura O’Grady) at the 2017 Alberta Media Production Industry Association Awards.
"The Former Life of Amber Valley" (produced and written by O'Grady) won a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Web Program Non- Fiction. 2018 also saw the world premiere of CBC's Eviction Notice at the 2018 HotDocs International Documentary Festival, marking Laura’s second directorial appearance at Hot Docs.
In her former role of Vice President of Production at Spotlight Productions (2012-2018), Laura oversaw production crews and post-production teams throughout Western Canada. Snapshot Studios marks the next chapter in her career, a new story-driven production house focussing on documentary, digital distribution, and branded content. Snapshot has produced content for numerous clients and broadcasters, including shorts for CBC's The Exhibitionists, while Small Town Queer and the upcoming feature documentary Undetectable found homes at TELUS Originals. Snapshot Studios also provided production management services for Hidden Story's media installation at the soon-to-be opened Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton. A proud mom of two girls, Laura is passionate about finding and telling great stories, no matter where they may be.