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Social Documentation Master of Fine Arts Candidates

Azad Azizyan black and white headshot
MFA Candidate
I am a documentary filmmaker and graduated from UCLA in Documentary Production. I am interested in documenting the voice of historically oppressed and marginalized communities and individuals.
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.
Rita Carmona
MFA Candidate
I'm a Costa Rican-American woman of color that grew up in the Chicago area.
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.
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MFA Candidate
Vega Darling is an independent documentary filmmaker. His film work embodies subversive themes of queerness, gender non-conformity, intersectional feminism, and punk rock. Darling has curated music and cultural festivals all over the country.
MFA Candidate
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.
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MFA Candidate
Research Interests: Ethnography, Ethnopoetics, Aging and Technology, Sephardic Jewish Diaspora, Queer Anthropology
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.
Toyoko
MFA Candidate
Research Interests: US Military base ecologies in Asia, American military culture, experimental documentary filmmaking, performance in documentary, fetishization of Asian women, mixed-race Japanese identity, queer cinema, Asian-American identity, Queer Asian cinema, anti-capitalist filmmaking pract
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.
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MFA Candidate
John Ortiz is a filmmaker, editor, and photographer from Moravia, San José, Costa Rica. His work touches upon themes of language and communication, Indigenous land recovery movements in Central America, Latin American history, and political activism.
Portrait of Lara Saab
MFA Candidate
Lara lives and works in Beirut, she is currently enrolled in an MFA in Social Documentation at UCSC. She graduated with distinction from an MBA in Art Management (2016) from IESA in Paris, France, and a BA from the Department of Fine Arts and Art History (2013) from the AUB, Lebanon.
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.
Portrait of Oana Tenter
MFA Candidate
Research Interests: Refugees, Roma, human rights, sex trafficking, and immigration.