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John Rory Fraser

John Rory Fraser

Documentary Film and Video


John Rory Fraser is from Franklin, Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Sewanee, and an M.A. in Southern Studies from Ole Miss, where he wrote his thesis on the ivory-billed woodpecker. He has made films and videos from a young age, and began making documentaries as an undergraduate at Sewanee, traveling to China to work on a project about Confucianism, as well as doing oral history work in southern Appalachia. In recent years he has completed more oral history work around the South, as well as two short documentaries, I Just Think About Tennis, which is about a tennis fanatic in Oxford, Mississippi; and a piece about the Mississippi Teachers Corps. Most recently, he has made music videos for the musicians Dent May and Charlie Mars.


Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2011
UFVA Carole Fielding Student Grant, 2011


hd video

JUNE, 2011

The story of John Renken - a former Ultimate Fighter, Army Ranger and Satanist, now a born-again Christian and the founder of Xtreme Ministries in Clarksville, Tennessee. SAINT examines John's life and his philosophy of a masculine Christianity.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Region One Finalist - Documentary, Student Academy Awards, 2012
Best Documentary Short, Oxford Film Festival, 2012

Wooden Boat 

16mm color film

JUNE, 2010

Inside the world of wooden sailboats in Sausalito, California.

The Gentle Sport 

16mm color film

Co-directed by Jenni Nelson
MARCH, 2010

A visit to the Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club, one of the largest lawn bowling clubs in the United States. The film explores a distinctly English game in an American context, and examines its appeal and its future.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Winner of the US Lawn Bowls Association film competition, 2010
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2012
"Party on the Edge" Cantor Arts Center Screening, Stanford University, 2010

We Continue In the Old Style 

16mm black and white film



A visit to Paul's Hat Works in the Richmond district of San Francisco. Paul's is a 90-year-old men's hatter, now under the ownership of four young women. The film explores their position as women at the heart of a traditionally male-dominated business, as well as their dedication to quality, handmade goods.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Buying and Selling: Stanford Student Filmmakers on Bay Area Economies, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013
Art + Invention Student Works Festival, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa), Stanford University, 2010



June 11, 2011

Free and open the public

June 11, 2010

Free and open to the public

March 18, 2010

Free and open to the public

December 10, 2009

Free and open to the public