Two recent thesis films from the Stanford MFA in Documentary Film program were featured in the New York Times. Nathan Reich’s Calving Season (a shortened version of his 2018 thesis film The Warming Shed) is a sensitive observational portrait of a Montana cattle ranch. Understated and poetic, the film chronicles a teenager's coming of age in this snowy landscape.
Paloma Martinez’s timely film Sanctuary City Hotline (a shortened version of her Stanford thesis film Enforcement Hours), focuses on the grassroots resistance against ICE intimidation tactics in San Francisco. The film features audio from a 24-hour hotline where residents report the presence of ICE, and reflects a growing sense of fear and uncertainty in local communities.