Jan Krawitz

Fulbright-Karl Franzens University Graz Visiting Professor in Cultural Studies

Home Institution
Stanford University
Host Institution
University of Graz
Project Title
Exploring Visual Culture through Documentary
19 February 2022 – 7 July 2022

Jan Krawitz is a professor at Stanford University, where she teaches in the MFA program in documentary film. Her documentaries have screened at film festivals in the US and abroad, including the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Visions du Réel, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and South by Southwest (SXSW). Five of her films, including the most recent (Perfect Strangers), have been broadcast on national public television. Perfect Strangers reveals the four-year journey of an altruistic kidney donor. Jan's film Big Enough revisits several dwarfs who first appeared in her 1984 documentary, Little People. In both films, the participants confront physical and emotional challenges with humor, grace, and sometimes frustration. Little People was broadcast in eighteen countries and screened for members of the European Parliament. Jan’s current project is an archival-based film that will be the third in her trilogy of shorts (Mirror Mirror, In Harm's Way) about women's issues.

Jan has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo and the Kopkind Colony in the US and at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, film festivals, and universities.