Harvard Grad Presents Film Debut at Harvard Film Archive

Thin Documentary  
Lauren Greenfield's debut filmThin, a documentary that follows the stories of four young women like Shelly (above) at a Florida eating disorder clinic, made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and has already received honors at multiple film festivals.

February 23, 2007 – Photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, Class of 1987, released her first film last year, a documentary titled Thin. Shot inside a Florida eating disorder clinic, Greenfield's revealing film made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and has already received honors at the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Newport International Film Festival. On Monday, February 26, Greenfield will be on hand for a special screening of her debut film at the Harvard Film Archive.

After graduating Harvard, Greenfield began her career as an intern for National Geographic. She has published two monographs, Fast Forward: Growing Up in the Shadow of Hollywood and Girl Culture, and in 2005 she was named by American Photo as one of the 25 most influential photographers working today. An award-winning photographer, she has been regularly published in the New York Times Magazine, TIME, The New Yorker, Harper's, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, Stern, American Photo, French Photo, and the London Sunday Times Magazine, among others. She is also a member of the VII Photo Agency, an international photographic cooperative.

As a vérité documentary, Thin explores women's body image concerns while following the stories of four teenagers and young women in residence at the Renfrew Center in southern Florida. The film takes a sympathetic view as it focuses on their struggles to overcome the devastating effects of eating disorders, and Greenfield provides insight into a process of recovery that often puts the social, psychological, and biological aspects of treatment at odds with each other.

An Evening with Lauren Greenfield is scheduled for 7 pm on Monday, February 26, at the Harvard Film Archive in the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street. Running time: 105 min.