In 2001, Laura Castañeda left local news to work on San Diego Insider, a longer format news magazine show on Cox Cable. It was working on those stories, that sparked her interest in working in the documentary film world. In 2004, Laura was contracted by The World Cultures Program at San Diego City College to produce her first documentary film, Hybrid Identities, about a group of Tijuana Artists.
Several years later, she embarked on an incredible journey to document the tragedy of 11 undocumented people who died in the 2008 San Diego Wildfires. The Devil's Breath was nominated for an Emmy Award by the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. The documentary first aired on UCSD TV.
In 2018, she a produced a short documentary, Maid in America, which debuted at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. It tells the story of "Olivia", a domestic worker from Mexico, who left her own children behind, to raise America children, and risked being charged by the U.S. government for working illegally in San Diego.