Lauren Marie Paterson fell in love with film on the set of her first directorial production at age 11: an exercise video starring Barbie and Tyrannosaurus Rex, filmed on a VHS tape for a 5th grade assignment. She has since graduated with two degrees in media, most recently a master’s in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon in Portland. Her latest documentaries aired on OPB’s Oregon Lens and center on the history of the American Flight Attendant as well as an inside look at what it’s like to be a 21st Century Monk.