Jan Krawitz has been independently producing documentary films for 35 years. Her work has been exhibited at film festivals in the United States and abroad, including Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Edinburgh, SilverDocs, London, Sydney, Full Frame, South by Southwest and the Flaherty Film Seminar. She has recently completed Perfect Strangers, a documentary that follows one woman as she embarks on an unpredictable, four-year journey of twists and turns, determined to give
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It provided needed support for my film "Big Enough," a documentary about dwarfs.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I continue to teach in the MFA program in Documentary Film at Stanford University and direct documentaries. I recently completed Perfect Strangers, a documentary that follows one woman as she embarks on a four-year journey of twists and turns, determined to give away one of her kidneys. My films have been exhibited at film festivals in the US and abroad, broadcast on national PBS, nominated for a national Emmy Award, and featured on NPR?s All Things Considered.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Stick with it and swim upstream against the tide of millennial techies and consultants.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
vibrant, engaged, accessible
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