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Theodore Rigby

Theodore Rigby

Documentary Film and Video


Theo Rigby ​is a director, cinematographer, and interactive storyteller based out of San Francisco. He believes in the power of image and sound to create awareness and dialogue about the world’s most pressing social and political issues. Theo has focused on topics ranging from the War in Iraq, to incarceration, and most recently immigration in the U.S.
Theo’s last project, ​Immigrant Nation ​(i​Nation)​, is a series of short films about immigration in the U.S. including The Caretaker, The Mayor, and Marathon, as well as an online storytelling platform, and series of live storytelling events. iNation has been showcased on the New York Times, nationally broadcast on PBS, shown at Ellis Island, as well as the 2014 New York Film Festival and 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The project received a MacArthur Documentary Film grant, as well as a Tribeca Institute New Media Fund grant. His film, S​in País (Without Country),​ won a Student Academy Award, has screened in over 30 film festivals, and was nationally broadcast on PBS’ Independent Documentary Series, POV, in 2012. His short film, Close to Home, was a National Finalist in the 2009 Student Academy Awards, won a Golden Eagle Award, special Jury mention at the 2010 Ashland Independent film festival and has been accepted into more than ten film festivals.  Theo graduated with a M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University and before making films was an award-winning photojournalist working for major newspapers and magazines around the world.



Enersen Foundation Production Grant, 2010
Shelly Fay Videography ScholarshipNorthern California Chapter of National Television Academy2009

Sin País (Without Country) 

hd video
Distributed by New Day Films
JUNE, 2010
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After raising a family in the U.S. for almost twenty years, Sam and Elida Mejia are deported back to their native Guatemala.  With intimate access and striking imagery, Sin País explores the complexities of the Mejias' new reality of a separated family--parents without their children, and children without their parents.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Bronze Medal, Documentary, Student Academy Awards, 2011
Best Documentary Short Subject, Napa Valley Film Festival, 2011
Audience Favorite-Documentary Short Subject, Napa Valley Film Festival, 2011
Audience Award, Best Student Work, Santa Cruz Film Festival, 2011
Finalist, Best Short Documentary, Ashland Independent Film Fest, 2011
Spirit Award, Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival, 2010
First Place, San Francisco Videofest, 2010
Broadcast - POV/American Documentary Series, 2012
Council on Foundations Film Festival, 2012
SF Shorts, 2011
HBO New York International Latino Film Festival, 2011
AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, 2011
Heartland Film Festival, 2011
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2011
DocuWest, 2011
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2011
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, 2011
NextFrame, UFVA Film Festival, 2011
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2011
Napa Valley Film Festival, 2011
Dallas Videofest, 2011
Dokufest (Kosovo), 2011
Santa Cruz Film Festival, 2011
Iowa City Documentary Film Festival, 2011
Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (Australia), 2011
Phoenix Film Festival, 2011
Tiburon Film Festival, 2011
Nextframe Student Film Festival, 2011
Boston International Latino Film Festival, 2010
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival, 2010
IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival), Amsterdam, 2010
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2010
Ashland Independent Film Festival, 2010
Cinema by the Bay Film Festival, 2010
San Francisco Videofest, 2010
Oaxaca Festival Independiente de Cine y Video, 2010
San Francisco Film Society - Cinema by the Bay, 2010
Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, 2010

The World Is Young 

16mm color film
JUNE, 2009
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From horrific war to the complexities of childhood, Wayne Miller has captured intimate moments of life on film for over 50 years.  Now in his 90's, Wayne expounds on his lifetime of photographs and his quest to show the oneness of humankind through visual imagery. 

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Minishort, California Independent Film Festival, 2010

A Sentence Apart 

hd video
Co-directed by Jason Sussberg
MARCH, 2009
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Three intimate portraits exploring how the incarceration of a family member transforms the hopes and dreams of their loved ones.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2010
SF Indiefest, 2010
NextReel International Film Festival, 2010
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2010
Semi-Finalist, Angelus Awards, 2009
NextFrame: UFVA's Touring Festival of International Student Film, 2009
Bend Film Festival, 2009
Sacramento Film and Music Festival, 2009
Urbanworld Film Festival, 2009

Close to Home 

16mm black and white film
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A film about a father searching for the murderer of his son, and a daughter looking for the father that she once had.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Special Jury Mention, Ashland Film Festival, 2010
KQED Truly CA, 2015
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Slamdance Film Festival, 2010
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2010
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2010
Cine Golden Eagle Award, 2009
Gold Jury Prize, SF Shorts Intl. Film Festival, 2009
National Finalist, Student Academy Awards, 2009
Semi-Finalist, Angelus Awards, 2009
Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, CA, 2009
Bend Film Festival, Bend, OR, 2009
Expresion en Corto International Film Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico
SF Shorts Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, 2009
Cinema by the Bay Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, 2009
Cine Las Americas Film Festival, Austin, TX, 2009
Nextframe Student Film Festival, 2009
SF United Film Festival, 2009
Webcast on Truly CA Shorts, KQED, San Francisco, 2009



June 12, 2010

Free and Open to the Public

June 11, 2009

Free and open to the public

March 17, 2009

Free and open to the public

December 9, 2008

Free and open to the public