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Elizabeth Pearson

Elizabeth Pearson

Documentary Film and Video

About

Elizabeth Pearson returned to her hometown--Palo Alto--after having lived in seven different cities in her post-college years. She graduated with honors from Harvard College with a BA in American History and Literature. Elizabeth then attended cooking school; worked as a freelance writer; was among the first employees of the Television Food Network; was a local news anchor and reporter; and worked as a producer for several television networks, including two series for PBS.
 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:

Jerry Jensen Award for Broadcast Journalism, 2003
Frances Flaherty Award Grant for the 49th Annual Flaherty Seminar, 2003
 

The Red String

digital video

JUNE, 2004
VIDEO DURATION: 25 MIN.

A baby girl is relinquished by her birth parents in China. She is adopted by an unmarried woman in the United States. What then? The Red String takes an intimate look at how four mother-daughter pairs weave together and create culture, heritage and tradition in their families.

 

Pretzel

16mm color film

JUNE, 2003
VIDEO DURATION: 10:15 MIN.

Pretzel is a film about reinvention, focusing on a woman who has lived "at least eight lives". She continually contorts herself--both figuratively and literally--to recreate her life and to become her "true self".

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Film Arts Festival, 2003

 

Cut

digital video

Co-directed by Sally Rubin
MARCH, 2003
VIDEO DURATION: 9:20 MIN.
Enters the lives of six teenage boys to examine adolescent male body image, and the relationship between physical shape and social/self-acceptance.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention, Marin County Film Festival, 2003
“Return to Grrrlville” film series, 2006
Screened at the American Psychological Association's annual conference, 2004
Oakland Film Festival, 2003
Stanford Alumni Film Festival, 2003
Stanford Film Festival, 2003
Screened at Cantor Arts Center as part of an exhibition on body image, May-August, 2003
 

Fertile Imagination

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 2002
VIDEO DURATION: 4:30 MIN.

Fertile Imagination is a personal essay film that explores the filmmaker's worries, fears, and hopes about bearing children, while her sister is pregnant with her third child.