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Soc Doc Honors & Awards

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:00am

Ricardo Velasco Trujillo (SocDoc '14) was selected as a University of California Human Rights Fellow for 2013.

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:00am

Meredith Heil (SocDoc '11) was recently hired as the Marketing Coordinator for Women Make Movies.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:00am

Lena Jackson (SocDoc '14) and Alex Melhuish (SocDoc '14) both received 2013-14 research grants from the University of California Center for New Racial Studies for their documentary projects.

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:00am

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings by Tad Nakamura (SocDoc '08) will have it's broadcast premiere on PBS this Friday, May 10th at 9p in most cities (some cities will broadcast it at different times -please check local stations listings).  It has been 15 years since PBS (not POV or

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:00am

Sadia Halima (SocDoc '13) and Dana Forsberg (SocDoc '13) both received awards at the 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium on May 10, 2013.

Sadia received the Chancellors Award for her documentary film on elected women leaders' participation in grassroots politics in rural India.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 12:00am

Justice for My Sister, by Kimberly Bautista (SocDoc '09), won the jury competition for the Camera Justitia Award at the Movies that Matter Film Festival (in the Hague, the Netherlands) founded by Amnesty International.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:00am

Rian Dundon' s (SocDoc '12) thesis project, Changsha, was recently reviewed in Mother Jones.

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 12:00am to Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 12:00am

Zac Buck (SocDoc '12) & Melinda James (SocDoc '12) will both have films featured at the First Food & Farm Film Fest in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater March 29-31, 2013.

Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 12:00am to Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 12:00am

Justice forMy Sister, Kimberly Bautista's (SocDoc '09) Thesis Project, wil be at Movies that Matter Film Festival in the Hague, founded by Amnesty International.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:00am

Regan Brashear (SocDoc '08) has been invited to be a visiting artist for two months at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:00am

Bridgette Auger (SocDoc '11) investigates the numerous gang rapes and attacks in Cairo's Tahrir Square. A record number of women were attacked at protests on the two-year anniversary of the revolution.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 12:00am

The Audio Gadgeteer (collaboratively produced by the Soc Doc class of 2013) was featured in the
Watsonville Film Festivalon March 2nd 2013.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:00am

The Unique Ladies, a documentary by SocDoc Alum Gloria Morán, will have its World Premiere at San Antonio's CineFestival. The Unique Ladies will also screen at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

NPR's Latino USA recently  did a piece on the car club as well.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 12:00am

Melinda James (SocDoc '12) was featured by SF Weekly as one of Ten Future Bay Area Art Icons and she was one of three of the featured artists to receive the Masterminds Award Grant.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:00am

Those Names We Cannot Forget, by SocDoc Alum Carolina Fuentes, will be featured at SOMarts’s collective art exhibit, Mourning and Scars 20 Years After the War.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Melissa Koch (SocDoc '12) was awarded a Frameline Completion Fund grant for her thesis film The Infamous T. Frameline’s Executive Director, K.C.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:00am

Ovarian Psycos, a new documentary co-directed by SocDoc alums Kate Trumbull-LaValle and Joanna Sokolowski, has recently launched a Kickstarter Campaign. Kate Trumbull-LaValle recently received an award from the ITVS’s Diversity Development Fund in support of this documentary.

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 12:00am

Kate Trumbull-LaValle's new project, Ovarian Psycos, has been selected to receive support from the ITVS Diversity Development Fund.

Ovarian Psycos:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 12:00am

SocDoc alum, Nhu Tien Lu, is currently working for StoryCorps as their Military Voices Initiative Coordinator. StoryCorps is an oral history project whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 12:00am


SocDoc Alum, Rian Dundon, will be speaking and signing copies of his newly released book, Changsha, this Friday December 14th.

Artist Talk & Book Signing: Rian Dundon, Changsha

Friday December 14th 6-8pm

Gallery Carte Blanche

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:00am

Kimberly Baustista, SocDoc Alumn, has been named the winner of the 2012 HBO and National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Documentary Film Award for her thesis project documentary - Justice for My Sister.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:00am

 Whistlin' Dixie by SocDoc Alum Meredith Heil won a honorable mention at aGLIFF - Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival 2012. Whistlin' Dixie also screened recently at the Seattle LGBT Fest and Out in the Country in Atlanta.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 12:00am

SocDoc Alum Bridgete Auger was awarded the 2012 Tiereny Fellowship, which supports emerging photographers.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 12:00am

Our Right to Sing by SocDoc Alum Carolina Fuentes will be screened at San Francisco State University at the Coppola Theater on Tuesday October 23rd at 2pm.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:00am

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings by SocDoc Alum Tadashi Nakamura will be screened for FREE at the Pacific Rim Film Festival in Santa Cruz at 8pm on Satruday Oct. 20th at the Del Mar Theatre.