Students in the Documentary Film and Video Program become conversant with the documentary tradition as well as with alternative media and new directions in documentary. In addition to the training in documentary production, graduates gain substantive research skills in film criticism and film analysis. The MFA degree is designed to prepare students for professional careers in film, video, and digital media, with the qualifications to teach at the university level.
The non-production courses provide an intellectual and theoretical framework within which creative work is realized. The dual emphasis on production and theory classes fully prepares the student to undertake an academic position that typically requires the teaching of both film studies and media production.
Filming in 30 Below: Conversation with “In Attla’s Tracks” Filmmaker Catharine Axley interview with Catharine Axley ('15) about her thesis film. The Independent 10 interviewed alums Mike Attie ('09) and Meghan O'Hara ('09) in an article about their recent film, In Country: 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: In Country team (Mike Attie, Meghan O’Hara, and Lindsay Utz). The Hollywood Reporter listed Stanford as one of the "Top 25 American Film Schools". The Stanford Report spotlighted J. Christian Jensen ('13) who was nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category for his thesis film White Earth. The Stanford Daily conducted an interview with Kristine Stolakis ('15) about filmmaking, her recent work and the absence of female directors in today's industry. Faculty member Jan Krawitz was interviewed for the article "Should Aspiring Documentary Filmmakers Go To Film School?" on the POV website.
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