Laurel Nakadate was born in Austin, Texas, and lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, and her MFA from Yale University. Her work has been exhibited world-wide, including at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Asia Society, New York; the Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Berlin Biennial. Only the Lonely, her 2011 ten-year retrospective was organized by MoMA PS1, New York. Her first feature-length film, Stay The Same Never Change, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and was featured in New Directors/New Films 2009 at The Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, New York. Her second feature, The Wolf Knife, premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, and was nominated for a 2010 Gotham Award and a 2011 Independent Spirit Award.

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