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Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz

Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz

Documentary Film and Video


Priscilla González Sainz is a writer and filmmaker who specializes in non-fiction media. She began her career in the Motion Picture Industry working with artist development programs at the Writer’s Guild of America, West, Sundance Institute and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). Priscilla earned her MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, where she started the Latin American cinema screening series “Espejos.” Her films have screened at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and more. Priscilla is a first-generation Mexican-American who likes to explore themes of displacement, disempowerment, and identity in her work.

Scholarships and Grants:

UFVA Graduate Student Fellowship, 2017

Room 140

hd video
June, 2017
Video Duration: 11:11

Immigrants just released from detention centers spend their first night in Oakland at a motel, paid for by one of the workers. For one night of respite, they rest, reflect, and prepare for the next phase of their journey.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Semifinalist, Student Academy Award, 2018
Nominee, IDA/David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award, 2017
Visionfest, Emerging Female Filmmaker showcase, 2018
Oaxaca Film Festival, 2018
DocuWest Film Festival, 2018
Los Angeles Film Festival, 2018
New Orleans Film Festival, 2018
Indie & Foreign Film Festival, 2018
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, 2018
Palm Springs International Shortfest, 2018
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2018
Glass City Film Festival, 2018
AFI Docs, 2018
SF DocFest, 2018
UFVA, 2018

Película de mi padre

hd video
June, 2016
Video Duration: 7:47 min.

An homage to the image(s) of my father.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Los Angeles Video Consortium, 2018
Boynton Beach Short Film Festival (BBSFF), 2018
New Orleans Film Festival, 2017
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2017
SF DocFest, 2017

Bad Habits

Co-directed by Lyntoria Newton
hd video
March, 2016
Video Duration: 9:23 min.

Self-proclaimed nuns devote their lives to the healing powers of cannabis.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Mill Valley Film Festival, 2016
SF DocFest, 2016

En posesión de Dios (In God’s Possession)

16mm black and white film
December, 2015
Video Duration: 4:06 min.

A parish community deals with the theft of their church’s holy relic.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Short. Sweet. Film Fest, 2018
The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival, 2018
Festival de Cortometrajes Jose Francisco Rosado PACAS, Spain, 2017
SF DocFest, 2016
Ivy Film Festival, 2016



June 17, 2017

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
June 9, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
March 15, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
December 8, 2015

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium


January 17, 2017 to January 24, 2017
McMurtry Building

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