Documentary Filmmaker & Primary Care Physician
Delaney Ruston, the founder of MyDoc Productions, is a Stanford trained physician, international speaker, and social change documentary filmmaker. She decided to make Screenagers because she believes deeply in the importance of helping kids find balance in our tech-filled world. She included her own family story in Screenagers because she has learned through years of filmmaking that the more personal a story, the more universal it is—meaning, the more it resonates with all of us.
Examples of her other films include Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, about her father, and Hidden Pictures, about global mental health, which was filmed in China, India, France, South Africa and the US. These films have screened in multiple film festivals, aired on PBS and have been the focus of national advocacy campaigns. For example, Hidden Pictures screened on World Mental Health Day by 141 international organizations. For her work in using film in launching advocacy movements, Delaney has won several awards,including Harvard’s McLean National Council Recognition, Fountain House Associates Advocacy Award and The Navos Expanding Horizon’s Award.
Delaney has been invited to speak to audiences in diverse settings around the world--such as at schools, conferences, medical centers, universities, the United Nations, Google, The Aspen Institute, TEDx, Facebook and the World Health Organization. Her presentations are engaging and entertaining, weaving together stories, science and practical takeaways.
Ruston was a Research Fellow in Bio-Ethics and Communication at UCSF and later became a Fulbright Scholar doing film projects in India. She has been faculty at The University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and at The Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. Ruston has spent twenty years as a primary care physician. She currently provides care to the underserved, which she has done for most of her medial career.
Throughout her education at Cornell University, Stanford Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency, Delaney was always studying different aspects of filmmaking. She made her first award-winning short film, If She Knew, while doing her medical residency at UCSF.
Delaney is passionate about having Screenagers be a vehicle to bring parents, educators and kids together for post-screening discussions so change can happen not just in our homes but in our schools and communities. She loves engaging audiences in solution centered discussions and is excited that her daughter, Tessa, who is in the film, enjoys being a part of these discussions as well.