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A Selection of Recent Student Films

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Stanford films have garnered more Student Academy Awards in the Documentary Category than any other college or university. Thesis films from the program have gone on to screen and win awards at major festivals like Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca. Student work is frequently featured on PBS, The New York Times OpDocs, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and Short of the Week.

The Game God(s) (2021)

dir. Adrian L. Burrell

In The Game God(S), Adrian L. Burrell pries open myths of modern Blackness and ties one of America’s greatest beliefs back to its greatest sin.

The Act of Coming Out (2022)

dir. Alexandra Stergiou

A group of queer and trans actors in Los Angeles audition for the lead role in a film about the quintessential coming out experience. Drawing from their own personal journeys, they challenge the coming out trope and offer a poignant and truthful portrayal of a community often defined by this singular act.

Meantime (2022)

dir. Michael Workman

After Tim’s work-related stroke leads to troubling health complications, his son Michael returns home to Montana. As they spend the most time together since Michael’s childhood, they reckon with the past that haunts Tim.

The Gallery That Destroys All Shame (2021)

dirs. Jessie Zinn and Aurora Brachman

One evening in L.A., a group gathers to learn how to take back the speculum.

Father and Gun (2021)

dir. Ted Griswold

Men teach their young sons to use firearms at an indoor shooting range and viewers are allowed to observe and ponder at what the boys are feeling as they take their first shots.

Club Quarantine (2020)

dir. Aurora Brachman

When the coronavirus shut down clubs around the world, the director found community in a queer dance party on Zoom.

The Clinic (2019)

dir. Elivia Shaw

Amidst a devastating opioid epidemic, a needle exchange and free clinic operates in the shadows of Fresno, California.

Share (2019)

dirs. Ellie Wen and Barna Szász

An 18-year old influencer attempts to reconcile his identity online with his identity in real life.

Calving Season / The Warming Shed (2018)

dir. Nathan Reich

A remote cattle ranching family struggles through calving season during the harsh Montana winter.

Crisanto Street (2017)

dir. Paloma Martinez

In the shadow of Silicon Valley, a hidden community thrives despite difficult circumstances. For one resident, eight-year-old Geovany Cesario, impending change is bittersweet.

A View From the Window (2017)

dirs. Azar Kafaei and Chris Filippone

An immersive glimpse of a school day through the eyes of deaf children.

Unheard (2017)

dir. Erin Semine Kökdil

Amidst the depths of despair, a grieving mother finds her voice to challenge the forces of injustice and inspire hope.

The Sandman / Death Row Doctor (2016)

dir. Lauren Knapp

A doctor walks the line of his own morality as he participates in lethal injections, while personally opposing capital punishment.

Hotel 22 (2015)

dir. Elizabeth Lo

Each night in Silicon Valley, a public bus transforms into an unofficial shelter for the homeless. Hotel 22 captures a single, dramatic night on the Line 22 route.