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Social Documentation Master of Fine Arts Candidates

Portrait of Ruth Anne Beutler
MFA Candidate
Research Interests: Responses to the current racial justice movement in evangelical churches; settler colonialism in the U.S.
Ernie Calderon
MFA Candidate
Research Interests: Child Welfare - particularly the psychological ramifications of trauma; Social Justice - immigration and refugee rights; Auteur and Schreiber Theory - pertaining to its application in documentary filmmaking; Latinx Diaspora; Surveillance and Genocide Studies; End-of-life Rights;
MFA Candidate
As a queer immigrant woman of color, Janet Chen works to support underrepresented and marginalized communities. She is a filmmaker, organizer and educator. She has worked at UC Irvine, Outfest and Visual Communications.
Image of Courtney Coulson
MFA Candidate
Human rights, documentary ethics, conscious decision-making
MFA Candidate
Environmental activism, human rights, oceans
MFA Candidate
Research Interests: Cuban culture and performance; Latin America and the Caribbean; US imperialism and interventionism; immigrant identity and integration; education equity; data visualization; community arts and artivism
MFA Candidate
Research Interests: Film/Media Analysis, Leftist/Socialist Political movements, Transgender politics, Abolition, African-American and Asian-American studies, Korean Reunification and Imperialism/Colonialism studies
Chisa Hughes on rocks by ocean with camera
MFA Candidate
Research Interests: Observational documentary, the film essay, autobiographic and experimental nonfiction; american carcerality and abolition/transformative justice; panasian diasporic communities, and queer-of-color feminisms.
MFA Candidate
Amrit Kaur is a queer, undocumented, South Asian femme, community organizer, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA.
MFA Candidate
Colleen Kelley graduated from Kenyon College with degrees in Film and English. She was awarded Honors by the college’s Film and Theater Department for electing to complete a thesis project of an original screenplay and television series. She also studied film in Wellington, New Zealand.
Image of Fiorella Loma
MFA Candidate
Decolonial feminist theory, indigenous political movements, preservation of traditional healing practices in the Americas, food justice and land sovereignty in the Americas, Peruvian Diaspora, queer theory, feminist film theory, Latin American studies, and labor studies.
MFA Candidate
Maria’s passion in film began while working in the Entertainment Industry in California. She is a alumni of the Graduate Documentary Certificate Program at The New School where she completed her first short, La Lupita, which premiered at 2019 Doc NYC Festival.
Image of Samantha Robison
MFA Candidate
Art and social change; Activism; Gender roles in Islam; Muslim women surfers
Portrait of Lara Saab
MFA Candidate
In her current research, Lara Saab assembles fictional narratives from found footage, posts, and sounds that she collects from social media platforms.
MFA Candidate
Research Interests: queer/queer of color filmmaking practices, experimental film, feminist film theory, Asian-American/Asian film, Marxist theory, and post-capitalist living
MFA Candidate
I am an aspiring documentary filmmaker who is passionate about the ways that media plays a role in social justice practices. I graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow with a Conflict Studies major and a Gender Studies/ Film Studies double minor.
Image of Hoda Sobhani
MFA Candidate
Social and political films, feminist filmmaking
MFA Candidate
Social movements, prison abolition, decolonization, immigrant rights, criminalization, carceral politics, state violence, black and brown self-determination, latinidad, youth movements, popular pedagogy
Portrait of Oana Tenter
Graduate Student, MFA Program
Research Interests: Refugees, Roma, human rights, sex trafficking, and immigration.