Lauren Berliner is a filmmaker and Phd Candidate in the Department of Communication at UC San Diego. Her dissertation seeks to complicate current understandings of the relationship between new media and power by examining new forms and discourses that are emerging through contemporary youth media practice, particularly around media literacy and empowerment. Based on action research with teenage girls and LGBT youth media makers she examines how young people use digital media technologies to frame and negotiate identity, produce historical memory, and engage new forms of social reproduction. For the past seven years she has served as the director and lead instructor of the Girls Empowered to Make Movies Program for The Girl Scouts of America and also leads a weekly media production workshop for LGBT youth in San Diego. Her films have been screened internationally and she has served on the judging committee for the San Diego Women's Film Festival/ San Diego Girls' Film Festival and is the current co-curator of The Festival of (In)Appropriation in Los Angeles.