Laina Barakat is an Independent Film Producer, and singer-songwriter, excited to join Monadnock Music as its General Manager. Laina first moved to the region 9 years ago to work with Either/Or Films on their premier feature, The Sensation of Sight (David Strathairn, Ian Sommerhalder, Jane Adams, Ann Cusak) which was filmed in Peterborough. Since then, she founded and ran a non-profit artist collective in Keene, NH, The Starving Artist, where she booked nationally touring bands for four years. Further integrating herself into the community, she co-founded and was Executive Director for the Monadnock International Film Festival during its first three years. Her film, Only Daughter, premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and picked up various awards across the country including Audience Choice Award at New York No Limits, and NH Film of the Year at New Hampshire Film Festival. She is in Post Production of her latest film, Glowworm and in development of two additional shorts scheduled to hit production this year. As a songwriter, Laina has been a songwriter in residence at the Glen Workshops in Santa Fe New Mexico, a Songwriting Captain for Soul Kitchen, workshopped her songs with the band Over The Rhine, and had several of her compositions covered by internationally touring bands. Her second album, The Wayward Ark, was produced by Vinx (Percussionist for Sting and Stevie Wonder, Songwriter for Cheryl Crowe, Seal, at the Broadway Musical The Lion King). She self-released an album in 2015 called Iron Lungs. She continues cowriting with several artists across the country.
In the fall of 2015, Laina Line-Produced a documentary film in Grand Rapids Michigan called More Art Upstairs, which is set to release next year. Laina lives in Marlborough New Hampshire and is proud to now call the Monadnock Region her home.