Documentary by filmmakers-in-residence at Stanford Medical School win Sundance Institute award

The Revolutionary Optimists, a documentary by filmmakers-in-residence in the Program in Bioethics and Film at Stanford, has won this year’s LightStay Sustainability Award from Hilton Worldwide and the Sundance Institute.

MAREN GRAINGER-MONSEN and NICOLE NEWNHAM co-produced and co-directed the documentary. They will be presented with the $22,500 award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The film chronicles the story of a lawyer-turned-social-entrepreneur working to empower children living in Calcutta’s poorest neighborhood to become leaders in improving health and sanitation. It was selected from 1,500 feature-length documentaries and more than 5,000 short films submitted to the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund. Now in its second year, the award recognizes films that showcase the “interconnection between sustainability, economic and community development.”

Grainger-Monsen is director of the film program at Stanford’s Center for Biomedical Ethics. She and Newhnam are filmmakers-in-residence in the program.

Read the original announcement on the Medical School’s news website.