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Elivia Shaw

Elivia Shaw

Documentary Film and Video
B.A., Individualized - Visualizing the Postcolonial Middle East, New York University


Born and raised in Washington, DC, Elivia is driven by filmmaking that uses intimacy and personal narrative to question our larger social systems and cultural identities. Her work has screened at festivals including DOC NYC and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and has been shortlisted for the student BAFTA awards. 

At New York University, her coursework focused on visual arts as a lens for understanding identity in the post-colonial Middle East. After graduating with her B.A., she she worked on television series and feature documentaries for Al Jazeera, National Geographic, HBO and PBS. 


The Breitrose Awards by The Enersen Foundation, 2018

The Clinic 

HD video
MAY, 2018

Amidst a devastating opioid epidemic, a needle exchange and free clinic operates in the shadows of Fresno, California.

Legacy Video

    HD Video
    JUNE, 2017
    A filmmaker finds that creating a legacy video for a sick relative is easier said than done.

    Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

    Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2018

    The Shift 

    HD Video
    Co directed by Paloma Martinez
    MARCH, 2017

    For San Francisco’s 911 dispatchers, the city is hard to escape.

    Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

    BAFTA Student Film Awards- Documentary Shortlist, 2018
    Nantucket Film Festival, 2018
    Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, 2018
    Palm Springs International ShortFest, 2018
    Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2018
    Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2018
    Cinequest, 2018
    DOCNYC, 2017
    SF DocFest, 2017


    16mm Black & White Film
    DECEMBER, 2016

    At the Santa Clara Valley Water District, a special team ensures our water is flavorless.



    June 16, 2018

    Free and open to the public.

    Cubberley Auditorium
    June 15, 2017

    Free and open to the public

    Cubberley Auditorium
    March 21, 2017
    Cubberley Auditorium
    December 13, 2016

    Free and open to the public

    Cubberley Auditorium


    February 20, 2018 to March 2, 2018
    McMurtry Building; Gunn Foyer and Miller Discussion Space
    January 17, 2017 to January 24, 2017
    McMurtry Building

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