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Soc Doc Honors & Awards

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:00am

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

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:00am

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 - 12:00am

The 11th Annual Thesis Doucmentary Screening – Class of 2017

More information to come.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 12:00am

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 - 12:00am

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

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:00am

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 - 12:00am

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 12:00am

Rian Dundon's (SocDoc '12) new book FAN is now available at

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 12:00am

The Social Documentation program held their annual screning of graduate films on Wednesday, June 10th at the Del Mart Theater in Downtown Santa Cruz.  This year, seven student documentary films were presented at sold-out the public event. 

Congratulations to the SocDoc cohort of 2015!

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:00am

Social Documentation student Michelle Aguilar was a receipient of an Alumni Association Award at the 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium for her film "El Cacao."  Congratulations, Michelle!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:00am

"Inside the Machine: Technology and Visual Culture" Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Porter College Room D245 (UCSC) Presented by:  Arts Division Film and Digital Media History of Art and Visual Culture

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 12:00am

New article at TIME featuring the work of SocDoc alum Rian Dundon ('12). Visit the link below for the article and slideshow.


Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:00am

The Social Documentation Program was featured in an article in Documentary Magazine, published by the International Documentation Association.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:00am

SocDoc Professor B. Ruby Rich was honored Sunday at the San Francisco Film Society’s fifth annual Essential SF, an event celebrating the Bay Area film community's most vital figures and institutions.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:00am to Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Kimberly Bautista (SocDoc '09), with the Justice for My Sister Collective, has launched their 16 Days of Activism campaign! The campaign began with a live webchat with advocates from 5 countries on November 25.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:00am

On Friday, Nov. 14, the University of Rochester hosted a symposium organized around Fixed, by Regan Brashear (SocDoc '08).

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Comrade Sunshine and part 1 of the feature documentary Visions of Abolition, by Cameron Granadino (SocDoc '13) screening in New York City on October 1st through New Filmmakers New York.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:00am to Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:00am

"1001 Walls" photo exhibit by Rana Aljarbou (SocDoc '15) is on display at the Octagon (Lulu's/MAH) in Santa Cruz until November 22nd.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:00am to Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Sam Stoker's (SocDoc '13) Ghosts of March 21 was selected for the SF Black Film Festival and Oakland International Film Festival this year.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:00am to Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 12:00am

We're excited to announce the publication of Rian Dundon's (SocDoc '12) new book: Out Here, Vol. 1. This is the first in a series of self published magazine-style photo books about change in California—the second and third installments of which will be out over the next year.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:00am

The Ovarian Psycos, by SocDoc Alums Kate Trumbull-LaValle ('11) and Joanna Sokolowski ('12), has received $30,000 in support from Cal Humanities, and additional support from ITVS - Independent Television Services!!! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 12:00am to Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Comrade Sunshine, by Cameron Granadino (SocDoc '13), was selected to screen and compete at the Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival, IMSFF on June 28th 2014.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:00am

In Rian's essay We Out Here, he was asked to "put a face on the displacement that is rolling in San Francisco. The article can be found through the first link listed below. Boom is a quarterly out of UCLA and UC Press. The new issue is dedicated to San Francisco.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:00am

An evening of documentary films from students of the Social Documentation program. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Our Right to Sing, by Carolina Fuentes (SocDoc 10') screened in solidarity with Enriching Lives through Music. All funds went to benefit this great music program that encourages children to play instruments and appreciate art.