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Stanford Report, June 2, 1999

'Stranger than Fiction' documentary film festival slated for June 12

"Stranger than Fiction," a campus screening of 11 documentary films produced by the 1999 graduates of Stanford's Documentary Film and Video Program, will be held from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 12, in Cubberley Auditorium. The film festival is free and open to the public and includes a half-hour reception/intermission.

Another free screening of shorter documentaries produced by students in the first year of the program will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, in History Corner, Room 2. The films by first-year students are 5 to 7 minutes long while the others average about a half hour.

The Stanford program is the only filmmaking degree program in the country that focuses solely on documentary. Small compared to UCLA's and USC's Hollywood-oriented programs, it has fared well in award competitions. Only NYU students have garnered more student Academy Awards in the last 14 years. The program is directed by Professor Jan Krawitz.

Below is a brief description of each master's thesis film in the order they will screen on June 12.

Shifting Traditions, by Brett Schwartz, takes a look at intermarriage within the American Jewish community through the voices of interfaith couples and rabbinical leaders.

A Different Drummer, by Ed Engel, takes a wry look at eccentricity ­ his own and that of three other people.

Excluded from Grace, by Teresa Dunlap, examines the inherent dilemma of growing up both Christian and gay or lesbian.

A Cloak of Protection for the Earth, by Donna Carter, is about Louise Todd Cope, a Berkeley fabric artist who enlists people around the world to make prayer shawls, stitched with their dreams and prayers for the planet.

Ready Okay! by Laura Norton, provides a glimpse into the day-to-day life of the cheerleading squad at Menlo-Atherton High School.

Caves of the Mind, by Inbal Diskin, aims to raise public awareness about manic-depression using stories of individuals diagnosed with the illness.

Slender Existence, by Laura Murray, is a personal essay about surviving anorexia nervosa.

Sonata for the Left Hand, by Sarah Harbin, is about a small band of piano tuners who invade Cuba on a mission of musical mercy.

Constructing Experience: The Many Lives of Treasure Island, by Vanessa Warheit, explores the history of one of the world's largest artificial islands, built for the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair.

In Ego Trip, by Christopher Jenkins, the filmmaker drops in on women around the country who wrote him after seeing his picture in Cosmopolitan magazine's feature on "50 Most Wanted Men."

Urga Song, by Jessica Woodworth, features the voices of young artists on a journey to urban Mongolia. SR