“The teens' interviews were so powerful and honest,
I couldn't look away. It's a gift to have the opportunity to help craft a film that has the power to change young lives. I was inspired and honored to lend my filmmaking expertise in bringing this project to completion."
Laurel Ladevich is an award-winning filmmaker and editor worked as a writer and editor on documentaries and instructional films in Urbana, Illinois, before moving to the Bay Area where she joined Lucasfilm as a film and sound editor and worked on many of the great films of the era, including Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and Return of the Jedi. She also worked at American Zoetrope on The Black Stallion and at Saul Zaentz Studios on The Mosquito Coast, as well as dozens of other films for major studios and networks in Los Angeles.
She was the Producer of Gateway America, an IMAX film for LucasArts and the Co-producer of the IMAX film, Special Effects; Anything Can Happen for WGBH, which was nominated for an Academy Award. She wrote, directed and produced, Fly Girls, a documentary for The American Experience, WGBH, and was a participant in the Best Prime Time Emmy for Best Series that year. In 2001, she won the Woman of Achievement Award in Communications from The Women’s Fund in Silicon Valley.