About the Filmmaker

Laurie Coyle pictured with Vicente Franco, Adios Amor’s Director of Photography

Laurie Coyle is a documentary producer, director and writer based in San Francisco. Her most recent film was the AMERICAN MASTERS primetime special OROZCO: Man of Fire, which was broadcast in 2007,08,09,10 and nominated for best television documentary by the NCLR Alma Awards and the Imagen Awards. Rick Tejada-Flores was her co-director/producer on that film.

Laurie has over 20 years in the documentary field. As a writer she has worked with a wonderful range of artists, including singer Linda Ronstadt, dancer Nora Chipaumire, filmmakers Jay Rosenblatt and Lourdes Portillo and many more. Her producing credits include Jay Rosenblatt and Stacey Ross’s Four Questions for a Rabbi and Lourdes Portillo’s Columbus on Trial. She has worked as Associate Producer and Chief Archival Researcher on numerous documentaries, including the PBS primetime specials The Fight in the Fields, Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle and The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It; as well as the AMERICAN MASTERS special Ralph Ellison: An American Journey.

Before becoming a documentary filmmaker, Laurie was an oral historian and co-authored a study of Mexican American garment workers on the U.S.-Mexico border. The book, Women at Farah: An Unfinished Story, was included in the Prentiss-Hall seriesWomen and Power in American History. She has been an activist in human rights and immigrant and refugee rights organizations, and has mentored students through the Chicana/Latina Foundation and the New Jewish Filmmaking Project, a program of Citizen Film and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Laurie majored in political theory at UC Berkeley. She is fluent in Spanish and French, studied filmmaking at San Francisco State University, and printmaking and sculpture at the Ecôle Regionale des Beaux Arts in Amiens, France. Laurie practices Tai Chi and explores Glen Canyon with the family dog Sosa (and occasional coyote) every day. She is the proud mother of Chloe González Coyle and passionate about painting and poetry in all genres.