Lauralee Farrer, Executive Producer
Executive Producer and Director – Praying The Hours
As president of Burning Heart Productions, Director Lauralee Farrer is the principal filmmaker behind the award-winning documentary Laundry and Tosca (2004) and the feature-length documentary The Fair Trade (2008)—launch film for the Film Baby, Ryko, and Warner series of “Powerful Films.” Farrer is writer/director on the feature narrative Not That Funny (2011) starring Tony Hale and in development on narrative features Regarding the Holidays (2013), Praying the Hours (2013), and others.
Much of the material from which her directing and screenwriting voice emerges comes from freelance work for humanitarian organizations that took her to Spain when Franco died, to Kenya during the droughts of 1981 and 1991, to Somalia when the war broke out, and to Uganda to write about early outbreaks of AIDS and the plight of its orphans. She wrote of the Sisters of Charity in Ethiopia, was in Moscow when the 1991 coup took place, and when Leningrad became St. Petersburg again. She was in East Germany before and after the wall went down, in Mexico City to write about cultures of poverty, and in U.S. cities like Philadelphia, Houston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston to write about American life. She lived in a Benedictine community in Denver, Colorado for three years—a providential experience that formed much of the basis for her current book Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life (Cascade Books, 2010) and current project, Praying the Hours. She is the editor of journal Theology, News & Notes of Fuller Theological Seminary—a graduate institution for the study of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies. In 2011 she was named Artist in Residence for the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts.