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Soc Doc Honors & Awards

Sunday, September 20, 2020

"People Like Me," the Social Documentation MFA thesis film directed by Marrok Sedgwick and co-edited by Sedgwick and Jackson Patrick-Sternin, was just awarded Best Short by the American Anthropology Association's film festival.

Medic at Hong Kong protests
Thursday, October 3, 2019

In Mong Kok First Aid, filmmaker and SocDoc alum Mavis Siu documents the experiences of voluntary frontline first aiders during 2014’s violent Mong Kok street protests.

Cover of Death by a Thousand Cuts
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Social Documentation alum Juan Mejia's film, Death By A Thousand Cuts, is now out on iTunes.  In Death by a Thousand Cuts, the murder investigation of a Dominican park ranger by a Haitian charcoal producer reveals the complex, growing conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the battl

Melinda James with video camera
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

From the beginning, Melinda James wanted to put women and underrepresented communities at the forefront of her filmmaking.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Santa Cruz Film Festival takes place on October 3-7 at various locations around downtown Santa Cruz.  This year, we have two films that will be screened at the festival that were produced by FDM and SocDoc students:

Friday, July 20, 2018

Social Documentation professor Jennifer Maytorena Taylor has a new documentary available to watch on PBS.  Redneck Muslim follows the life and work of Shane Atkinson, the first Muslim chaplain in-training at North Carolina’s biggest trauma center and founder of the "Society of Islamic Re

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Social Documentation Professor and Editor of Film Quarterly, B.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The annual M.F.A graduate exhibition for the Social Documentation graduation class of 2018 will take place on Wednesday, June 13th at the Del Mar Theater in downtown Santa Cruz.  Continuing this long tradition, the SocDoc cohort will premiere their thesis films that are two years in the making: 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Social Documentation Professor Jennifer Maytorena Taylor has received a fellowship for a summer residency at one of the nation's leading contemporary arts organizations, the MacDowell Colony.  Professor Taylor is one of 85 artists that have been awarded the fellowship for 2018.  Professor Taylor

Sunday, April 15, 2018


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UC Santa Cruz as been ranked by College Factual as one of the best colleges in the nation for Film, Video and Photographic Arts.  Coming in at #6, UCSC is ranked with NYU, UCLA and USC, recognizing programs in film studies.  In particular, UCSC was noted for our graduate programs in film studies

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies will be holding their annual conference in Toronto on March 14-18.  This year, we will have a strong mix of faculty and graduate students present at the conference.  We are proud to have these members of our community represent our department and UC Santa

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Santa Cruz Film Festival takes place on October 11-15 and we will have many slugs participating, including FDM and SocDoc alums! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Social Documentation Alumni Juan C. Dávila (MA 2013) is currently a correspondent for Democracy Now! and is in Puerto Rico covering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Please view the links below for his latest reports.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Wastsonville Film Festival takes place on October 5-8th, and we will have many SocDoc and FDM alums that will be participating: 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Social Documentation Professor Jennifer Maytorena Taylor is one of two UCSC Arts factulty and 107 recipients nationwide to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Prof. Taylor has also recieved a grant from production company, Fork Films.  

Monday, June 12, 2017

Social Documentation Professor B. Ruby Rich will be honored with a festival at the Barbican Center in London at the end of June.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Social Documentation Professor John Jota Leaños is the recipient of a 2017 California Documetnary Project grant from California Humanites.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Social Documentation graduate program is currently featured in the Spring 2017 issue of UC Santa Cruz Magazine.  The article commemorates the programs 10th anniversary and its transition from an M.A. program to an M.F.A. program.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The 11th Annual Thesis Doucmentary Screening – Class of 2017

More information to come.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Margaret Mead festival in NYC is showing one SocDoc-made documentary and one SocDoc-alum documentary at noon on Saturday, October 15

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Accolades of SocDoc Alumnus, Joor Baruah's, film, Adi | At The Confluence, were highlighted in Diplomat Magazine!  Congratulations Joor!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

SocDoc alumni, Michelle Aguilar and Rana Jarbou (just graduated in June, 2015), will be showing their work in a curated "Emerging Visual Anthropologist's Showcase" at the prestigious Margaret Mead Film Festival in NYC, at the Museum of Natural History.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Juan Dávila (SocDoc '15) was offered a one-year News Production Fellowship to work at Democracy Now!. See the full article linked below: