Documentary Video Storytelling

Documentary Video Storytelling

Oct 16. On campus at the Digital Media Center.

Funded by a grant from the CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative, the Art Department is hosting a series of guest workshops around the theme of storytelling in the digital arts. The Documentary Video Storytelling workshop will be led by Sheila Ganz, and will consist of five-hours of hands-on instruction in which CSU students develop an idea in a digital medium.


motherSHEILA GANZ, MA, is writer, producer, director, camera and editor for the 57 minute documentary On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery.  She wrote a 22 page study guide to accompany the film.  Ganz is a recipient of the Certificate of Honor from the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and Certificate of Recognition, California Legislature Assembly 27th Assembly District, 2014.  Her first film is the 57 minute documentary Unlocking the Heart of Adoption in 2003.  Ganz wrote a workbook with a discussion guide and three hour curriculum on the issues of loss and identity for the film.  Ganz received the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award, 2006.  From 2005-2007, she was an instructor at Film Arts Foundation and has guest lectured on filmmaking at City College of San Francisco and Academy of Art University.  Ganz has appeared on television and radio talk shows.  From 1984-1989, Ganz wrote two full-length stage plays, Pretend It Didn’t Happen about her experience as a birthmother and Leaving Joe about domestic violence.  Ganz has an MA, Interdisciplinary Arts and BA, Sculpture, San Francisco State University

This series of workshops will conclude with a public exhibition of student work in the CSU Stanislaus’ Building Imagination Center, and select students will travel to the CSU Media Arts Festival. The 2015 CSU Media Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at CSU Los Angeles! This 25thAnniversary of the MAF will feature a full day of interaction with media faculty and media and entertainment industry professionals, screenings, and an awards ceremony.