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Michael Seely

Michael Seely

Documentary Film and Video


Mike arrived at Stanford from Seattle, where he worked as a documentary production intern at KIRO television and a projectionist at the Northwest Film Forum. After receiving his B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College, he worked as wildlife biologist, freelance writer, DJ, and sound recordist. Before Stanford, he co-directed Subvertisers, a short documentary about culture jamming, and produced Women and Children, which uses found newsreel footage to comment on war and America.


Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2005

Radio Grito

digital video

JUNE, 2005
In the tradition of Cesar Chavez and farm labor organizing, Radio Grito is a small Spanish language radio show for migrant workers and their families in California's San Joaquin valley. The film illustrates the empowerment, independence, and education that a grassroots radio project can provide for a community in need.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Short Documentary, Cinequest Film Festival, 2006
Finalist, Pare Lorentz Award, International Documentary Association, 2006
Public television broadcast, Video i, KTEH, San Jose, 2005

Nature's Blueprints

16mm color film

JUNE, 2004
Architect Eugene Tsui plumbs the depths of nature's wisdom seeking inspiration for his architectural designs. Nature's Blueprints takes you on a trip to the edges of Tsui's imagination. His fantastic structures provoke questions about the future of our built environments and our relationship to the natural world.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best of Fest, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, 2005
Golden Gate Award Nominee, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2005
Public television broadcast, Imagemakers, KQED, San Francisco, 2005
Public television broadcast, Video i, KTEH, San Jose, 2005
San Francisco Docfest, 2005
Hi-Lo Film Festival, 2005
Rooftop Films, 2005
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2004

Radio Takeover

digital video

Co-directed by Serena Down
MARCH, 2004
The story of what happened to a unique community radio station when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seized their equipment in a raid last year. Although the station applied for a license twice in the last decade and had support from the San Francisco mayor and board of supervisors, the goverment enforced the very laws whose constitutionality are being debated in Congress. This documentary is just one example of what happens to unique voices on the radio dial with increased media consolidation and regulation.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nominee, Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2005
Jury Award, Marin County Film Festival, 2004
Regional Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2004
Jerry Jensen Award for Broadcast Journalism, 2004
Finalist, Audience Award for Best Short, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, 2004
Seattle International Film Festival, 2005
Alive at 9th St. Independent Film Center, San Francisco, 2005
Broadcast on Video i, KTEH, San Jose PBS, 2005
Olympia Film and Video Festival, 2005
Marin County Film Festival, 2004
Cantor Art Museum, Stanford University, 2004


16mm black and white film

Hush is about listening to our environments. The film features nature sounds recordist Paul Matzner, the founder of the Nature Sounds Society in Oakland. With Matzner as our guide, Hush explores our auditory worlds by contrasting images and sounds in nature with everyday noises and urban surroundings.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival, 2005
San Francisco DocFest, 2005
International Festival of Cinema and Technology, 2005
Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, 2005
Film Arts Festival, 2005
Hi-Lo Film Festival, 2004
Sonoma Valley Film Festival, 2004
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, 2004
Rooftop Films, 2004