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The Filmmaker

Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, Stanford trained physician and mother of two. Through her company, MyDoc Productions, Delaney has made other award-winning documentaries on mental health along with Unlisted. Titles include Crisis in Control, about psychiatric advance directives, and Hidden Pictures, about global mental health. Hidden Pictures was filmed in China, India, France, South Africa and the US and was screened in multiple film festivals, by 141 organizations on World Mental Health Day and aired on PBS. In January 2016 Delaney's latest film was released titled, Screenagers. The film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to examine the impact of digital world on today's kids and what can be done to help them find balance. The film is screening to packed audiences in multiple cities across the country and is gaining much attention in the press (Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Forbes and many others).

Throughout her education at Cornell University, Stanford Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency, Ruston studied many aspects of filmmaking, with a particular focus on film as a vehicle for social change. She made her first award-winning short film while she was doing her medicine residency at UCSF. She continued on at UCSF as a Fellow in Ethics and Communication. While on the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, Delaney participated in a National Endowment for The Arts funded filmmaking program. Later she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to make films in India. She is currently the Filmmaker-in-Residence at Stony Brook Medicine in association with the Center for Compassionate Care and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Along with filmmaking, Ruston has provided primary care in underserved clinics for over a decade.

Ruston has been invited to speak and screen these and other films to hundreds of audiences in diverse settings around the world--such as at primary schools, conferences, medical centers, universities, the United Nations, the TED stage in Seattle and the World Health Organization. For her work in using film in launching advocacy movements Delaney has won several awards.


Delaney Ruston, M.D.


Unlisted is an important and much needed exploration of the impossible burdens placed on daughters to be caregivers. And Delaney Ruston takes on the hardest question: What does a daughter do when called upon to parent a parent who never parented her?”
   Susan Faludi, Pulitzer Prize

   winning journalist and author of

   Terror Dream and Backlash