Delaney Ruston

Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Writer/Additional Editing

Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, Stanford trained physician and mother of two. Through her company, MyDoc Productions, Delaney has made other award-winning documentaries on mental health along with HIDDEN PICTURES, such as UNLISTED: A Story Of Schizophrenia, that follows her journey to reconnect with her father after hiding from him for 10 years. UNLISTED screened on national PBS, at the World Health Organizations and was used in partnership with NAMI and MHA to have awareness raising screenings across the nation.

Delaney went on to create the award-wining film SCREENAGERS: Growing Up In The Digital Age. The film has thus far brought together over 4 million kids and adults in community screenings in 70 countries. In 2019 she released Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills For Stress Resilience. Recently, Delaney published her book Parenting in the Screen Age and launched her podcast, the Screenagers Podcast.

Throughout her education at Cornell University, Stanford Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency, Ruston studied many aspects of filmmaking, with a particular focus on film as a vehicle for social change. She made her first award-winning short film while she was doing her medicine residency at UCSF. She continued on at UCSF as a Fellow in Ethics and Communication. While on the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, Delaney participated in a National Endowment for The Arts funded filmmaking program. Later she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to make films in India.

Ruston has been invited to speak and screen these and other films to hundreds of audiences in diverse settings around the world–such as at schools, conferences, medical centers, universities, the United Nations, Google, TED stages and the World Health Organization. For her work in using film in launching advocacy movements, Delaney has won several awards, including from Mental Health America, Fountain House in New York, and Harvard’s Mclean Hospital. 

Recently she was faculty at Stony Brook Medicine in the Center for Medical Humanities, Bioethics and Compassionate Care.  Currently Ruston lives in Seattle where she splits her time between providing care to the underserved,  filmmaking and advocacy, including writing her weekly blog, Tech Talk Tuesday