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Three Stanford films showcased at S.F. Film Festival

STANFORD -- Three award-winning films by Stanford University filmmakers will be shown as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival, April 23-May 7.

Two Department of Communication student master of arts diploma films and one faculty production were awarded Golden Gate Awards, and will be shown in connection with the competition.

Empire of the Moon, made by Prof. Kristine Samuelson and her husband, John Haptas, won the Special Jury Award in the Bay Area Filmmakers Documentary category. The film deals with the ideology of tourism and was photographed in Paris by Stanford alumnus and MacArthur Prize winner John Else, who is currently filmmaker-in-residence in the Department of Communication.

Elizabeth Finlayson's master's diploma film, In and Out of Time, was given the Best in Category award for Bay Area Short Subjects. Finlayson's film is a documentary meditation on the life of an older woman afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

Robert Tullis' diploma film, Family Outing to Jesusland, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Short Narrative category. The film was invited for screening last summer at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

The master of arts program in documentary film and video in Stanford's Department of Communication, while among the smallest production training programs in the nation, has a history of awards for the quality of student and faculty production. It is the only professional graduate program in the nation that specializes in nonfiction film and television production.



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