Krawitz has been independently producing documentary films for thirty years. Her work has been exhibited and awarded at film festivals in the United States and abroad, among them Sundance, Nyons, Edinburgh, Margaret Mead, London, Sydney, Full Frame, South by Southwest, Ann Arbor, and the New York Film Festival.

Films in distribution include Big Enough, In Harm's Way, Mirror Mirror, Drive-in Blues, Little People, Cotton Candy and Elephant Stuff, and Styx.  Big Enough and Mirror Mirror were broadcast nationally on the PBS series “P.O.V.”  In Harm’s Way was broadcast on the national PBS series “Independent Lens” and Little People and Drive-in Blues were broadcast on both PBS and the Discovery Channel.  Little People was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Individual Documentary and was the subject of a story on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  Excerpts from her work have been shown on ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, and 20/20.

Jan Krawitz joined the Department of Communication at Stanford University in 1988 after teaching film production and film studies for eight years at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2006, she moved to the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University to teach in the Film and Media Studies program.  She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts in film from Temple University (curriculum vitae).  She has received Teaching Excellence Awards at U.T. and at Stanford.

Krawitz has had one-woman retrospectives of her films at many venues including the Portland Art Museum, Hood Museum of Art, Rice Media Center, the Austin Film Society, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.  During the 1986-87 academic year, Krawitz was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

16mm, color, 53 minutes, 2004. Distributed by Fanlight Productions.

16mm, color & b/w, 27 minutes, 1996. Distributed by Women Make Movies.

16mm, color, 17 minutes, 1990. Distributed by Women Make Movies.


16mm, color, 28 minutes, 1986. Distributed by Jan Krawitz and Direct Cinema Limited.

16mm, color, 58 minutes, 1984. Distributed by Jan Krawitz.

16mm, b/w, 7 minutes, 1980. Distributed by Jan Krawitz.

16 mm, color, 29 minutes, 1979. Distributed by Jan Krawitz and Direct Cinema Limited.

16mm, color, 17 minutes, 1979. Distributed by Jan Krawitz and Direct Cinema Limited.

16mm, b/w, 10 minutes, 1976. Distributed by Jan Krawitz and The Museum of Modern Art.

Professor Jan Krawitz may be contacted at:

Department of Communication, Bldg. l20
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2050
phone: (650) 723-0704
fax: (650) 725-2472