Discipline: Film/Video

Elizabeth Thompson

Discipline: Film/Video
Region: Santa Cruz, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2001

Elizabeth Thompson was working on her screenplay, Second Story, while at MacDowell.

Elizabeth produced and directed Blink (Emmy Award, ITVS funding, P.O.V. broadcast) and co-produced For Better or For Worse (Academy Award nomination, ITVS funding, P.O.V. broadcast). Her film Bookends was awarded the Jurors’ Choice Award from Black Maria Film Festival and Honorable Mention from the International Documentary Association. Her latest film, This Dewdrop World, has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary Director (Independent Film Quarterly Film Festival), Most Creative/Original (International Best Shorts Competition), Best Writer/Script (Accolades Competition), and Jurors’ Choice Award (GreenLens Film Festival).

Thompson’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Sundance Documentary Fund, The Creative Work Fund and Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media. Yaddo and MacDowell have awarded her fellowships and artist residencies.

As a Camerawoman, she has worked on a number of award-winning documentaries, including Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer (Independent Lens), Rachel's Daughters (HBO), and Regret to Inform (P.O.V., Oscar and Emmy nominations). She has twice taught at Stanford's Graduate Program in Documentary Film. Thompson holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from Stanford University.



Elizabeth Thompson worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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