Her current producing projects include Sav Rodgers’ Chasing Chasing Amy (Tribeca, 2023) and Nitzan Mager’s Run Amok. She has several projects in development including The Spice Poet with LunaMax Films and Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures; and the Green Tide Rising podcast, an audio & video documentary series following the seismic shift in abortion rights in Latin America.
Lela has participated in The Industry Academy (a program of Film at Lincoln Center and the Locarno Film Festival), the Brand Storytelling Certificate Program and holds a degree in the culinary arts. She is a recipient of both “40 Under 40” and “Women in Business” honors from the Wichita Business Journal, and has served on film juries including AFI and the NAACP Image Award. She’s a frequent panelist for organizations including The Gotham, SXSW and Ghetto Film School, and has been quoted as a trade expert in publications including the New York Times, Filmmaker Magazine, IndieWire and Box Office Pro.
Lela serves on the board of Los Angeles’ iconic Vidiots Foundation, as President of the inaugural board of the Art House Convergence, and is a member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia. Most importantly, she is a mom to two daughters, Edie and Margo.