Before coming to Reel Grrls Laura Jean Cronin was on the set the award winning PBS television show, Biz Kid$ for five season where she filled the role of Production Manager and First Assistant Director. Biz Kid$ was a program on financial literacy for kids and young adults. Laura Jean has also produced numerous community conscious, client driven videos under the banner Pound Pictures. Some of the clients Pound Pictures has served are City of Seattle, Center on Linguistic and Cultural Democracy, Early Childhood Equity Alliance, Artpatch and Independence Guide Dogs.

Cronin earned her PhD, ABD, in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington with a focus on Film Studies and Cultural Criticism. She received her BFA in Printmaking and BA in Italian Literature also from the University of Washington.  She has operated Pound Arts, an artist working space with a community darkroom and digital lab, for over 2 decades.

Laura Jean Cronin is an award winning filmmaker in her own right and an accomplished artist. Her short films, Leave It (2002), Free Parking (2006) and One Night (2009), have earned national attention and serve as a canvas for her artistic viewpoint. In 2009, she was chosen as one of four directors to take part in the Seattle International Film Festival’s Fly Film Challenge. Her feature length screenplay, Princess and Buddha, has won honors at the Key West Indie Fest, Telluride Indie Fest, Washington State Screenplay Competition and was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Sundance Screenwriters Lab.