Drawn From Life
directed by Celine Francois, Adrienne von Wolffersdorff
Documentary Short | 2017 | USA | 16 min | English
Raj is a talented artist who creates detailed pencil drawings of people’s faces, including portraits of the Sikh gurus he most admires. After struggling with depression and anxiety for years, Raj is now returning to his artwork with a renewed sense of purpose and connection to his faith and family. Reengaged with his community, Raj now works to help others through his art by sharing his personal experiences.
Adrienne has an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking from Chapman University, and a BA in Film Studies from Whitman College. She has a wide range of experience in documentary, promotional, and other creative film forms, but her greatest passion is social justice-oriented documentary filmmaking. Most recently she worked with Up Series director Michael Apted on development for her MFA thesis film, Out of the Shadows, which premiered at the DocuWest Film Festival this fall, and is nominated for Best Documentary at the Pasadena International Film Festival. She is currently based in Seattle where she teaches filmmaking at Seattle Central College and Bellevue College.
Celine Francois is a junior News and Documentary major at Chapman University. She has been passionate about sharing people's stories through film since her senior year of high school and wants to continue giving a voice to the voiceless in hopes that the world can grow more knowledgeable through her documentaries. She believes documentary films are the perfect medium for social awareness and change.