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John Kane

John Kane

Documentary Film and Video


John grew up in a small town in Ohio. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a BA in English, he worked as a web developer and designer in San Francisco. Intrigued by the Latino culture surrounding him in that city's Mission district, John began studying Spanish and eventually moved to Mexico City, where he spent two years working, traveling, and absorbing local slang. This experience deepened his interest in the complex relationships between Latin America and the United States. Back in San Francisco, John made his first documentary, Josue, Sin Cara (Josue, Without a Face), which portrayed the day-to-day life of a child undocumented immigrant from Honduras.


Grant from The Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West, 2008

Frontier Youth 

digital video
Distributed by New Day Films.
JUNE, 2008

Frontier Youth follows three young people growing up in Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Mexico -- neighboring towns divided by a steel border fence.  As physical security along the border continues to tighten, they enter adulthood with inseparable ties to both sides.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Regional Semi-Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2009
Finalist, Nextframe, UFVA's Festival of International Student Film & Video, 2009
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2009
"Bi-Cultural Life on the US/Mexico Border" screening and panel discussion, Stanford University, 2008

B is for Break 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2007

Five-year-old Vashaun is an emerging b-boy (breakdancer). Encouraged by his father and a commmunity of dancers, he strives to progress in this challenging, magnetic art form.

Left In Baghdad 

digital video
Co-directed by Peter Jordan
MARCH, 2007
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After being discharged from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a happy-go-lucky American soldier returns with his wife and daughter to their home in Kentucky. Left in Baghdad is an alternately tragic and comic portrait of a family man on the first day of the rest of his life, which he must live without his left arm.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Student Documentary, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, 2007
National Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2007
National PBS Broadcast on Independent Lens, 2008
Cine Golden Eagle Award, 2008
Semi-finalist, Angelus Student Film Festival, 2007
Finalist, NextFrame, 2007
Docpoint, Finland 2009
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2008
Silverdocs AFI / Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, 2008
Aspen Shorts Fest, 2008
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2008
Durango Independent Film Festival, 2008
Dam Short Film Festival, 2008
Jihlava International Documentary Festival, Czech Republic, 2008
International Student Film Festival, Tel Aviv, 2008
Best of Rooftop Films, 2008
San Francisco International Festival of Short Films, 2007
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, 2007
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2007

Orishas Are Our Saints 

16mm black and white film
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An observation of ritual and faith in the Santeria religious tradition.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

IFP Center, New York, Short Attention Span Cinema, 2008
Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, 2007
Silver Lake Film Festival, 2007
Independent Exposure, 2007



June 14, 2008

Free and open to the public

June 12, 2007

free and open to the public

March 20, 2007

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
December 12, 2006

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium

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