Charles de Lauzirika is an award-winning American documentarian, filmmaker and DVD/Blu-Ray producer.
Lauzirika spent his early years in La Crescenta, California and attended Glendale College where he served as entertainment editor of In Focus, the college’s weekly public access cable show. He also contributed to the school’s weekly, El Vaquero, receiving several JACC student journalism awards for his work as editorial cartoonist, entertainment editor and editor-in-chief. Lauzirika later attended the renowned University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he wrote and directed a fully-funded 16mm sync sound film in the program’s highly-competitive CNTV 480 Advanced Production Workshop; Lauzirika graduated in 1994.
While attending USC film school, Lauzirika concurrently worked for numerous film companies, including Lucasfilm Ltd., Lightstorm Entertainment, Warner Bros., Silver Pictures and Scott Free Productions. While working as a story analyst for directors Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, Lauzirika was chosen by Ridley Scott to supervise and produce elaborate DVD special editions of Scott’s classic films. Lauzirika’s works have been nominated for Video and DVD Premiere Awards, and in 2003 his comprehensive nine-disc Alien Quadrilogy garnered the prestigious DVDX Award for Best Overall DVD, Classic Movie. In 2008, Lauzirika won two Saturn Awards for his work on “Blade Runner” (Best DVD Special Edition) and “Twin Peaks” (Best Retro Television Release.) He later won two additional Saturn Awards, one for the “Alien” Anthology, and another for “Twin Peaks” The Entire Mystery.
Lauzirika has been in charge of the restorations and new cuts of such as films as “Alien 3,” “Legend” and “Blade Runner: The Final Cut,” each project requiring new visual effects and additional scenes which had to seamlessly blend in with existing footage. He has also directed several commercials and short films, as well as the music video for Montell Jordan’s “When You Get Home” (1998) which featured Billy Dee Williams.
Lauzirika himself occasionally serves as camera operator in his documentary interviews, thereby fostering a more intimate environment, allowing the interviewee to be more sharing on camera. Although his work has long been associated with the films of Ridley Scott, Lauzirika has also produced DVD content for the works of numerous other directors, including David Lynch, Sam Raimi, James Cameron, the Coen Brothers, Michael Bay, David Fincher, Robert Rodriguez, Marc Webb, John Badham, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Mark Romanek and the late Tony Scott.
While Lauzirika continues to produce behind-the-scenes content for films and television, he has also segued into directing his own feature projects, including the independent film “Crave,” which stars Josh Lawson, Emma Lung, Edward Furlong and Ron Perlman, which went on to win the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and Best Director (Next Wave) at Fantastic Fest in Austin.
Following “Crave,” Lauzirika has been developing several directorial projects, including a feature adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s futuristic drama “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon,” and an original medieval horror film entitled “The Grail.”