Delaney Ruston

Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Writer/Additional Editing

Delaney Ruston is a Stanford trained physician and documentary filmmaker. 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. 

Her most recent award-winning films include Screenagers, about solutions for healthy screen time, Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, about teen mental health, and Screenagers Under the Influence, about vaping, drugs, and alcohol in the digital age. To date, over 14 million youth and adults have gathered for community screenings of these films in 104 countries.

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. Ruston continued on at UCSF as a Fellow in Ethics and Communication. 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, TEDx 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. 

Ruston was on the faculty at the University of Washington Medical Center and at Stony Brook 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 Tuesdays. In addition, Ruston is the author of Parenting in the Screen Age and the host of the Screenagers Podcast.