Garland McLaurin

Lecturer, Entertainment & Media Studies

Garland McLaurin’s personal website

About: Professor McLaurin is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer; his love for storytelling comes from the power to artistically explore the complex and conflicting social and psychological layers of people and society.  

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MFA, Graduate Film Program, New York University Tisch School of the Arts

BA, Radio-TV-Film, Howard University


Garland McLaurin has spent his professional life exploring the rich themes of diversity and society.

His latest project as co-director with award-winning filmmaker and Yale Professor Thomas Allen Harris is “Family Pictures USA,” a three-part series that aired nationally on PBS in 2019. Family Pictures USA journeys through a rapidly changing landscape where the hallmarks of a familiar and idealized “America” are being transformed. From the streets of Detroit, to the shores of Southwest Florida, to the farm fields of North Carolina, examines family photos as an integral part of our collective social and cultural history.

In 2017, he created, produced, and shot “POPS,” an 11-episode web-series exploring fatherhood for African American men funded by Corporation of Public Broadcasting, ITVS Digital, and National Black Programming Consortium. 

In 2019, Garland served as a grant reader and panelist for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund contributes support for emerging and diverse content producers of non-fiction shorts, feature-length programs, web series, 360-VR, or podcasts. He spoke on the 2019 Southern Documentary Fund’s Expanding the Definition of Documentary panel. At SXSW in 2018, Garland spoke on a film/digital panel, How Documentaries Can Rise In The Web Series World, and in 2016 served as a grant reader for the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund. 

He served as co-cinematographer on Wes Moore’s Coming Back documentary series, highlighting veterans, and for award-winning documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen’s The New Black, which explores the fight for marriage equality in the African American community, both are nationally distributed projects.  

In 2017 and 2018 Garland served as a judge for the Emmy’s News and Documentary shorts category. In 2015 and 2016 he served as a screener for the INPUT Global Public Television (US Division). He also currently serves as a fiction and non-fiction judge for the WHYY Student film festival in Philadelphia, PA.

His other professional credits include field producing and shooting on CNN’s Black in America 4, producer/shooter for WAMU 88.5 American University, BET’s Homecoming: The Killing of DJ Henry. Additional past videography and digital media work include work for the United Negro College Fund, PBS NewsHour, Black Public Media,, NY Times video division and video editing at the National Geographic digital news division.                                                                                   

Teaching Specialties

Cinematography and Documentary filmmaking


• Peabody Award, “180 Days A Year Inside An American High School” and “180 Days Hartsville”

• Prince Grace Award, 1999 and 2018

• Recipient, DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities grant

• Recipient, Benjamin L. Hooks fellowship

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