Delaney Ruston began making documentaries 15 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 2009.
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.
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 and Grand Challenges Canada.
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. Currently Ruston is completing a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship in which she is making films about mental health care in India.
Art Director, Editor
Jenni Heywood has been working in the film industry for over a decade. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Documentary Film and Video Program at Stanford University, Haywood’s work focuses primarily on creating provocative documentaries. Her recent film, as director and editor, Love Hacking has won several awards in numerous film festivals across the world and was a Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Her short documentary Tightly Knit premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival and screened in over 100 venues across the country with Lunafest.
Heywood’s work is infused with strong visual concepts drawn upon from her background as a production designer and prop master on films such as Napoleon Dynamite and the Emmy-award winning PBS series BizKids.
Associate Producer, Assistant Editor
For three years Raoufpur has been a crucial member of the Hidden Pictures team working in all aspects of production. All the while she has overseen the distribution of MyDoc Productions’ earlier films Unlisted, and Crisis in Control.
Raoufpur recently worked as a production assistant the award winning show, Top Chef. A passionate photographer, Raoufpur has shown her work in art exhibits and has done photo journalism for political campaigns.
Sarah Raoufpur has been passionate about film and mental health since her teens and in fact entered college determined to excel in both fields. Raoufpur indeed graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, with a BA in Psychology and Cinema Studies.
Linea Johnson has a long history of working in creative multi-media production. Linea has done several journalist photographic projects and recently published her acclaimed biography, Perfect Chaos. Linea is a nationally renowned mental health advocate, invited to give Key Note speeches’ at some of the nation’s top mental health organizations. Her blog on mental health has been running for 5 years and has a large following and her online and inprint articles have garnered much national attention. Passionate about mental health issues beyond the US, Linea recently completed an internship in the Mental Health Division of the World Health Organization.
Having earned a degree as an engineer, it was only through a magazine story about writing music for commercials that convinced longtime music fan Chiet that music could be a legitimate career. Relocating to California, he built himself into a scoring powerhouse, launching Fuel Music and Sound to provide music for a number of TV series, documentaries, feature films and commercials.
Mental Health Advocacy Campaign Coordinator
Celina Kareiva is a journalist and writer in the Seattle area with a particular interest in diversity and health reporting. She’s written for The Dallas Morning News, The Seattle Times, KING 5, Seattle Weekly and Crosscut, among many other publications. Celina graduated from the University of Washington, having studied journalism and international studies. She’s passionate about mental health advocacy and believes thoughtful, engaging storytelling can eradicate stigma and ignite a global dialogue.