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Kristine Stolakis

Kristine Stolakis

Documentary Film and Video
M.F.A., Documentary Film & Video, Stanford University
B.A., Cultural Anthropology, New York University


Kristine Stolakis is a BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker dedicated to making creative and well researched stories. She co-runs Paper Bridge Films where she is currently directing PRAY AWAY (working title), a feature documentary on the history and ramifications of the conversion therapy or "pray the gay away" movement. Pray Away is executive produced by Johnny Symons. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, Doc NYC, the European Independent Film Festival, and Frameline as well as at the National Gallery of Art and Alaska Airlines. She has directed and/or filmed documentaries for The New Yorker, The Atlantic (Editor’s Pick), and Mother Jones, and her films have been covered in Buzzfeed, Ms. Magazine, and Broadly. Her films The Typist and Where We Stand are currently Staff Picks on Vimeo. She also works as a documentary producer and is currently producing Attlaa co-production of ITVS and Vision Maker Media. She holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. She proudly hails from central New York and North Carolina.


Hartley Film Foundation Development Grant
Diane C. Christensen Fellowship
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Fellowship
SPICE Grant, Stanford University

Where We Stand 

HD Video


JUNE, 2015

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Roxie Theater, Film Fatales Show Case, San Francisco, 2016
Montclair Film Festival, 2016
Fargo Film Festival, 2016
Omaha Film Festival, 2016
Athens International Film and Video Festival, 2016
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2016
Thin Line Film Fest, 2016
Sunstone West Symposium, 2016
Publik Coffee Roasters, Utah, 2016

Stranger Stories: Documentaries by Stanford Students, Cantor Arts Center, 2015

The Typist 

image of an older man's eyes from the film The Typist by Kristine Stolakis

hd video

JUNE, 2014

A gay Korean War Vet reflects on his time as the office clerk tasked with writing the discharges of outed gay seamen.


Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Jury's Citation, 3rd Prize, Black Maria Film Festival, 2015
Nominated Best Short Documentary, Toronto International Film and Video Awards, 2015
Alaska Airlines “back of seat programming,” May 2016
Hot Docs International Film Festival, 2015
DOC NYC, 2015
Seattle International Film Festival, 2015
Cabriolet Film Festival, 2015
Frontline Club of London, 2015
MixMexico!, 2016
Korea Queer Film Festival, June 2016
European Independent Film Festival, 2016
Cleveland International Film Festival, 2015
California State University, Long Beach. 2015
Diablo Valley College, 2015
El Lugar Sin Limites, 2015
Frameline, 2015
Mirror Mountain Film Festival, 2015
San Francisco DocFest, 2015
Melbourne Queer Film Festival, 2016
LGBT Veterans Recognition Ceremony, hosted by the Stonewall Columbus organization, 2015
Tallgrass Film Festival, 2015
Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, 2015
Side by Side International Film Festival, 2015
Mifo LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015
Appalachian Queer Film Festival, 2015
Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival, 2015
CMG Short Film Festival, September 2015
Coffee and Catchup, 2015

Balancing Act 

image from the film Balancing Act by Catharine Axley and Kristine Stolakis

hd video

Co-directed by Catharine Axley
MARCH, 2014

A circus artist brings to life a forgotten history of African American performance.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nomination, Best Local Short, San Francisco International Black Film Festival, 2015
Streaming via. The Atlantic, 2015
SF DocFest, 2015
Harlem International Film Festival, 2014

Funny Work 

16mm black and white film


A portrait of two San Francisco based comedians beginning their careers in making people laugh

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

New Filmmakers New York, 2014



June 13, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
June 12, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
March 18, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
December 10, 2013

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building