Laura Madalinski spent her childhood in West Virginia, where she was queer before she knew it had a name. She studied film and video at Columbia College Chicago before launching a career in post-production. After working in editorial boutiques for eight years, she started her own company, Strange Charm, in 2013. She got her start in independent film as an assistant editor on the award-winning documentary We Live In Public. She wrote her directorial debut, Two in the Bush: A Love Story, with her partner Kelly Haas.