Lauren Musgrove

Assistant Professor, Entertainment and Media Studies


Professor Musgrove is an 8-time Southeast Emmy winning filmmaker. Her work explores places of vulnerability and inspiration in the human condition, often involving scientific research and fantastical imagery. She is passionate about engaging with film and television production from a variety of angles, promoting sustainable, ethical approaches to the art form, and content that encourage inner and outer peace.

More information can be found at and Purple Magnet Productions.

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M.F.A., Film & Media Art, Emerson College
B.A., Telecommunication & Film, The University of Alabama


Lauren is a very prolific creator. She was a co-producer/director for the “People of Alabama” documentary video series that garnered millions of views online and received an INMA Global Media Award in 2020. She directed two narrative short films for the upcoming educational Super Science Showcase series. Jared Leto’s nationwide A Day in the Life of America documentary, which premiered at Tribeca in 2019 and is now on PBS, hired her to capture a prominently featured emotional Alabama story. After a successful festival run, The Third Saturday in October, a feature film throwback Southern 70s slasher film that Lauren produced and Jay Burleson directed, got a distribution deal through Dark Sky Films and is now on a theatrical run and is available for rent and purchase online. Lauren’s most recent narrative short film, “Blossoming”, that she wrote and directed, traveled to Sydfest in Australia in 2022. Her directorial debut feature narrative film, Ugly Sweater, was shot in Boston, MA in February of 2023, and is now in post-production.

In 2020, Lauren co-founded Purple Magnet Productions, a women-owned production company that is continuously committed to supporting a more inclusive and geographically expansive industry by collaborating with a variety of emerging storytellers and talented artists all over the world. PMP has created over a dozen projects so far, including music videos, commercials, and feature films.

Awards and Fellowships

2022: Skyline Indie Film Festival - "Spirit of Skyline" Winner

2022: Sidewalk Film Festival - "Best Alabama Film" Award Honorable Mention

2022: Chattanooga Film Festival - Project Selected as a World Premiere

2022: Sydfest Independent Film Festival in Australia - Best Student Film Nomination

2018-2021: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - 8x Southeast Emmy Winner

2021: Full Tuition Fellowship, Emerson College, MFA in Film & Media Art Program

2021: American Advertising Awards Birmingham, AL - "Film & Video - Animation" Silver Addy Winner

2020: International News Media Association - Global Media 3rd Place Winner

2019: Tribeca Film Festival - Project Selected as a World Premiere

2019: American Advertising Awards North AL - "Film/Video/Sound" Silver Addy Winner

2016: Time Inc (presently Dotdash Meredith) - Post-Graduate Video Fellowship

2016: Black Warrior Film Festival - "Best Editing" Award Winner

2016: Cine Golden Eagle Awards - Student Finalist

2015: Southern Exposure Film Fellowship

2015: Black Warrior Film Festival - Positive Impact Award Winner

2013: Black Warrior Film Festival - "Share Your Story" Documentary Award Winner

2012: Presidential Scholarship, The University of Alabama