Delaney Ruston began making documentaries15 years ago in order to spark dialogue about neglected health topics. In 2004 she founded MyDoc Productions. Her award winning PBS documentary, Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia chronicles Ruston’s experience of reconnecting with her father, who has schizophrenia, after hiding from him for ten years. The film was featured prominently on PBS and screened at top international conferences, including at the World Health Organization on World Mental Health Day. The film was awarded the Media Voice Award for Best Documentary by Mental Health America in 2011 and Most Compelling Documentary by the Seattle Independent Film Festival in 2010.
Unlisted has been used by teaching centers across the country as well as by top advocacy groups for grassroots awareness campaigns. Multiple interviews by the filmmaker on TV, radio and newspapers helped elevate awareness to the key issues raised in the film (See our press page).
Five years in the making, Hidden Pictures is a testament to Ruston’s commitment to continue to raise awareness about mental health issues. Other films include, Crisis in Control, about psychiatric advance directives, and Go Away Evil about mental illness in South Africa. Through her company, MyDoc Productions, Ruston has produced short films for such clients as the The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, The Recovery Cafe and The World Health Organization.
A Stanford-trained physician, Ruston did her film training in San Francisco while doing her internal medicine residency followed by a Fellowship in Ethics and Communication at the University of California, SF. Ruston did further film training in Seattle when she was accepted the The National Endowment for the Arts sponsored New Voices Program at Media 911. Ruston was faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. before leaving that position to spend years providing care in clinics for the underserved in Seattle. Ruston has recently returned from living for two years in Delhi, India where she completed a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in which she made films about community mental health workers in India.