The film, which recently won best film at this year's Karlovy Vary Film Fest (1st American ever!) in the Czech Republic as well as the Stockholm Film Festival, stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a recovering heroin addict and mother who tries to reclaim her life and her child after returning from prison. The project was Laurie's first foray into the world of film production and directing - a field that while seems glamourous to the outside world, is best known for its grueling work schedule.
Laurie says that part of the reason she was able to successfully write and direct sherrybaby was due in part to producer Lemore Syvan, who was incredibly supportive of Laurie's pregnancy and her commitment to the project. In fact, as more women take on major directing and production jobs in the entertainment industry, she believes the key to sanity and success is to work with producers who are responsive to the needs of working parents. Some accomplished directors even have childcare arrangements such as a nanny on set, worked into their overall production agreement just so they can accommodate the work/life balance.
sherrybaby recently received critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival and even snared a Golden Globe nomination for Maggie Gyllenhaal - who also became a new mother after the film was released. Laurie recently attended the Golden Globe Awards for the first time and is now currently at work on several exciting film projects, including a screenplay about growing up in Beverly Hills in the 1980's. While she is uncertain of what the future holds, Laurie says if her next project takes her away from the east coast, her son, who is now a toddler, will definitely be coming along for the ride. For Laurie Collyer, being a good mom means finding a way to pursue your passion while raising a family.