Last Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the 41st Student Academy Awards. Among the 15 winners were two recent Stanford M.F.A. graduates who have continued the Stanford film program’s tradition of excellence in this prestigious competition after a two-year lull.
Doroteo Garcia is a janitor at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford. To first-year M.F.A. students Kevin Gordon and Rebekah Meredith, however, Garcia is far more than his occupation; he is a poet, a historian and an activist. And also the focus of their critically acclaimed documentary, “Dreams Awake,” which earned Gordon and Meredith a bronze medal in the 2010 Student Academy Awards last month.