About Us

Laurie Layton Schapira

Since 1993, Laurie Layton Schapira has been creating films that combine her interest in mythology and feminine psychology. Fascinated by the power of the image, Schapira is drawn to the medium of film to tell her stories, and has written, directed, edited and produced a variety of films including:

  •  “Women in China: Up Against the Wall” (37 min, 1997) – award winning documentary
  • “The Cave” (7 min, 1999) – short dance film
  • “Street Scene” (7 min, 2002) – narrative short

“I first got involved with film when a director friend asked if I would be a PA on his set. I loved the production but was smitten by the craft and magic of editing. So then I went ahead and shot my first film with a Hi-8 at the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing in 1995.”

A Jungian psychoanalyst, Schapira trained at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, where she teaches and currently serves as the president of the board of directors.  Since the publication of her book, The Cassandra Complex, she has lectured world-wide and appeared on television and radio (PBS, BBC, Discovery Channel, TVE, NPR) on the subjects of feminine psychology and Greek and Norse mythology.

 

Juan Escudero Amaya

Juan Escudero Amaya has been making films with his wife Laurie for 15 years. With a degree in Engineering Science from CUNY/College of Staten Island, Juan brings all of his many talents as an artist and engineer to bear as producer, musician, cameraman, and technician.  He is also a consummate flamenco guitarist. Born in a trunk, Juan is the nephew of flamenco dancer extraordinaire Carmen Amaya and has performed across the United States and Latin America.