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Portrait of Ruth Gregory

Ruth Gregory

Instructor & Assistant Director of Digital Technology and Culture

Email — ruth.gregory@wsu.edu
Office — Avery 209
Portfolio Site — ruthmakesmedia.com

About

Ruth is an award-winning filmmaker, published writer, and web designer with over two decades of experience in the creative industries. Her creative and scholarly work examines the intersection of media, technology, culture, and power. Her films have won awards at top-tier and Oscar-qualifying film festivals including the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. She’s taught multimedia and cultural studies topics for over 15 years to diverse audiences; everything from introducing kindergartners to DSLR cameras to leading an introductory women’s studies course in a men’s prison.

Selected Work

Music of the Spheres (2015 – 2016)
Writer & Director
This narrative fantasy series is the first to be produced with a 360 degree camera, allowing audiences to decide in what direction they wish to view the action.

  • Invited to be screened at the inaugural SIFF X festival, May 2016

Maikaru (2014)
Producer & Co-Editor
Short documentary about Maikaru, a man looking towards a bright future after having survived a childhood filled with violence and human trafficking.

Select screenings:

  • Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, May 2014
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, May 2014

A Dose for Dominic (2013)
Writer & Director
Short documentary chronicling the decision of two low-income parents who decide to treat their autistic 5-year-old son with medical cannabis.

Select screenings:

  • Screened as a part of season 4 of Reel Northwest on KCTS/PBS
  • Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Seattle, Washington, May 2014
  • Sprout Film Festival, New York, New York, May 2014
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio, April 2014
  • Show Me Justice Film Festival, Warrensburg, Missouri, April 2014
  • Big Sky Film Festival, Missoula, Montana, February 2014
  • Local Sightings Film Festival, Seattle, Washington, October 2013
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, May 2013

Hazzard (2012)
Writer & Director
Short experimental documentary film examining the work of Dr. Linda Hazzard, a Washington fasting specialist who watched as 40 of her patients withered into death’s embrace in the early 1900s following her “cure.”

Selected screenings:

  • Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Seattle, Washington, May 2013
  • Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio, April 2013
  • Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, Portland, Oregon, November 2012
  • Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma, Washington, October 2012
  • Gig Harbor Film Festival, Gig Harbor, Washington, October 2012
  • Shoreline Community College Mini Film Festival, October 2012
  • Local Sightings Film Festival, Seattle, Washington, October 2012
  • Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival, Hood River, Oregon, October 2012

Recent Awards

2018 – Winner, English Department Instructor Distinguished Teaching Award
2014 – Winner, Best Documentary Short, Seattle International Film Festival
2013 – Winner, Audience Award, Local Sightings
2013 – Winner, Best Use of Theme, International Documentary Challenge
2012 – Finalist, Best Documentary Short, Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma, Washington

Institutional Service

2016 – Present — Advisor, Digital Media Club
2015 – Present — Producer, Sustainable Heritage Network Video Series
2018 — Organizer, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation Spring Symposium,
“Multiplayer: Critical Perspectives on Video Games & Online Environments”
2017 — Advisor, Global Case Competition

Community Engagement

9/2016 – Present — Reviewer, Digital Humanities Quarterly
10/2016 – Present — Board of Directors – Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
5/2015 — Individual Artist Grants Reviewer, 4Culture
4/2013, 4/2015 — Screenwriting Competition Judge, Broadcast Educators Association
2013 — Community Engagement Board Member, Seattle International Film Festival
2009 — Creator & Curator, Social Justice Film Festival

Courses Taught

DTC 201: Tools and Methods for Digital Technology & Culture
DTC 355: Multimedia Authoring
DTC 356: Information Structures
DTC 477: Advanced Multimedia Authoring
DTC 478: Usability & Interface Design
DTC 491: Advanced Digital Cinema
DTC 498: Internship