Kristine Samuelson is an independent filmmaker who creates documentary essays that have screened in film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, New York, Chicago, Rotterdam Stichting, Mannheim, and San Francisco. Her work has also been shown at numerous cultural institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, SFMOMA, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is the Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies at Stanford University, where she has served both as Chair of the Art & Art History Department and the Department of Communication. Samuelson has also served as Director of the Program in Film and Media Studies and been on the Board of the Independent Television Service. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Arthur and Lillie and has received Artist's Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, the Cite Internationale des Arts, and the California Arts Council. With John Haptas, she recently completed a documentary feature, Tokyo Waka, which premiered at the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival and won the grand prize for Best Feature Film at the Green Film Festival in Seoul. Samuelson is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.