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Elisabeth Haviland James

Elisabeth Haviland James

Documentary Film and Video


Elisabeth James came to Stanford from the District of Columbia, where she lived for more than six years before moving to sunny Palo Alto. She spent much of the past few years exploring some of the world's greatest art museums, theaters, churches, temples, and cultures, in the capacity of tour director and guide. She led art museum groups through various countries including Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, France, and Italy, and was able to do extensive research on contemporary artists working in Japan and Korea. A graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Elisabeth is committed to broadening international understanding through cultural interaction and the exchange of art and ideas.


Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2003
Nicholas Roosevelt Environmental Journalism Award, 2002

Net Loss

digital video

JUNE, 2003

Net Loss is a portrait of picturesque Noyo Harbor, a small fishing village in Northern California that is in crisis. The struggle of its residents represents the larger, global struggle of communities in transition from natural resource based labor to service based economies. The resulting emotional, economic and political climate is a complex web that provides no easy answers or immediate solutions. The story of the village is told by the fishermen who live and work in the fading industry and by the images that capture the melancholy times.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, 2003
Marin County International Festival of Short Film, 2003

Worms at Work

16mm color film

JUNE, 2002

This film is a celebration of the redworm, a slimy creature who is slowly eating away at our tremendous waste problem. Worm composting is gaining ground, especially in Northern California, where excellent examples of the closed circuit waste reduction method can be found in schools, office buildings, and on larger scale farms. Worms at Work features the worms and the people who feed them in an effort to educate both children and adults, while reforming popular opinion about the lowly worm.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Student Documentary, International Children's Film Festival, Los Angeles
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, 2003
East Lansing Children's Film Festival, 2003


digital video

Co-directed by Elizabeth Witham
MARCH, 2002
Precipice is a short digital video that plays host to a discussion about genetic engineering, bioethics, the future form of the human body, and the possibility of agelessness.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

National Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2002
Crested Butte Reel Fest, 2002
Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin, 2002
President's Council on Bioethics Screening, 2002
Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2002


16mm black and white film


Flaunt is centered around Marina Wolf, a leading fat acceptance advocate and the founder of Big Moves, a Hip Hop dance organization. It explores the foundations of the dance organization via the avenues of body image, "alternative dance," and the emotional, psychological, and cultural importance of dance.