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Edward Symes

Edward Symes

Documentary Film and Video


Edward Symes is a producer, director, and founder of Here and Now Films.  Edward has shot and produced short documentaries in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa, and East Timor.  In 2008 he premiered a 30 minute documentary film, Los Medicos, at the Jackson Hole Film Festival and edited the 26th Annual United Nations HIV/AIDS conference video. He created a five-part web series on the USS BOXER Navy Ship with global health organization Project Hope.  In 2009, he edited a six-part media series for OXFAM America on the mining industry in Peru.  He worked as a cinematographer on the global music project 1 Giant Leap (Channel 4-UK), contributed to videos for Time Magazine and Yahoo! Assignment Earth as well as commercials for IBM, Facebook, and SEIU. As an artist, his work has appeared in group exhibitions at the Visionaires Gallery in Paris, the annual Soiree du Louvre in NYC, Art Basel Miami, and Webster Hall as part of the Quarterly Art Soiree 2010.  Edward is a co-founder of the creative collective FRONTRUNNER.  He served as art show curator and gallery director for Frontrunner Gallery in TriBeCa from 2010-2012.  Edward has taught documentary filmmaking with Barefoot Workshops and the Maine Media Workshops. He holds a degree in English from Kenyon College and serves on the Kenyon Fund Executive Committee.

Gold Heist 

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JUNE, 2014
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On the morning of February 1, 2012, three million dollars of gold was stolen from a display case housed in the courthouse lobby of the legendary gold town of Yreka, California.  None of the gold has been recovered and the town’s heritage is tarnished.  Gold Heist captures the town’s reaction to the crime, the details of the midnight burglary, and one local miner’s keen fascination for striking it big.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Cinequest Film Festival, 2016
"Drawn Together: A Selection of Recent Documentaries by Stanford Students", Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2015

You Can't Fake This 

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JUNE, 2013
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Amir H. Fallah, an independent publisher and founder of Beautiful/Decay Magazine, found acceptance and inspiration in the photocopied 'zines, punk rock music, graffiti, and skateboarding of his youth.

Answering the Call 

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Co-directed by Emily Fraser
MARCH, 2013

As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, soldiers on the frontline lack critical supplies.  One American civilian answers their call.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

GI Film Festival, 2014
Taos Shortz Film Fest, 2014
Napa Valley Film Festival, 2013
Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2013
University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, 2013

By Design 

16mm black and white film

Personal essay on the changing of the design community with 3D printing, open source, and do it yourself culture.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

"Party on the Edge", Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013



June 14, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
June 13, 2013

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building
March 20, 2013

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
435 Lasuen Mall
December 11, 2012

Free and open to the public