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Nick Davila

Nick Davila

Documentary Film and Video


Prior to Stanford, Nick worked as a program director in a science museum, a digital video producer and a 35mm projectionist. His undergraduate education spanned six universities on four continents (North America, Europe, West Africa and Australia), culminating with a double major in anthropology and philosophy, with concentrations in global studies and archaeological sciences. He is interested in producing non-fiction films about nature, science and anthropology.

Twilight of the Bluefin

digital video

JUNE, 2006

Considered by many as the most commercially valuable fish on earth, new evidence suggests that the giant bluefin tuna has suffered a devastating decline in the last 30 years.  By following a team of marine biologists who are dedicated to tuna research, this documentary explores the plight of the bluefin and the interaction between people, science, and the natural world.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Finalist, International Wildlife Film Festival, 2007
Finalist, EarthVision Film Festival, 2007

Native Education

16mm color film

JUNE, 2005

Thirty-five years after its inception, the students of California's only tribal college are suddenly faced with the reality of losing their school. This film explores the recent situation at D-Q University.

Casting Hope

digital video

Co-directed by Ashley Tindall
MARCH, 2005

Concerns the role of Iraqi-Americans in the recent Iraqi national election. The film explores the issues of the election's legitimacy, the U.S. government's interest in the creation of the new Iraqi government, the responsibilities of Iraqi expatriates to their native country and the hopes for a harmonious free Iraq through the eyes of two San Jose families -- one that participated in the election and the other that did not.

Jumping Off Mountains

16mm black and white film


Few people dare to hang glide, and even fewer in their late 60's. Here is a portrait of a retired man named Harold who has learned how to fly.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Finalist, Alice's 3-Minute Film Festival, 2005