Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, Stanford trained physician and social advocate. Through her company, MyDoc Productions, Delaney has made other award-winning documentaries on mental health along with Hidden Pictures. Titles include Crisis in Control, about psychiatric advance directives, and Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia screened in many film festivals, in communities throughout the US in partnership with the two largest grassroots mental health organizations and on national PBS. In January 2016 Delaney’s latest film was released titled, Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age. 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 aparticular 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.