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Serena Down

Serena Down

Documentary Film and Video

About

Serena grew up on an island off Seattle, WA. After graduating from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Anthropology, she published a newsletter for a non-profit coalition in Alaska. She realized she was more interested in expressing herself through moving images and became an intern at a PBS affiliate. She has spent the last three years working in Seattle for Screaming Flea Productions, a nonfiction television production company, doing program development and production for cable and corporate clients.

Bundle of Blues

digital video

JUNE, 2005
VIDEO DURATION: 14 MIN.
Bundle of Blues explores the stories of women with postpartum mood disorders, a problem for almost 1 of 5 new mothers. Through three different experiences, the film reveals that postpartum problems can happen to anyone.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Silver Award, National Health Information Awards, 2006

In Service to Women

16mm color film

JUNE, 2004
VIDEO DURATION: 6:24 MIN.
The story of an immigrant woman's birth experience using a Doula, a childbirth assistant who steps in to fill the generational and geographical gap in many families.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Buying and Selling: Stanford Student Filmmakers on Bay Area Economies, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013

Radio Takeover

digital video

Co-directed by Michael Seely
MARCH, 2004
VIDEO DURATION: 9:30 MIN.
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

Sky Full of Air

16mm black and white film

JUNE, 2003
VIDEO DURATION: 3:18 MIN.

Chronicles a 14 year-old swimmer's experience with asthma, a condition whose rate among children has doubled in the last two decades. The film explores the struggle to be a normal teenager while dealing with the emotions caused by not being able to breathe.