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Shane T. Watson

Shane T. Watson is a Student Academy Award Nominated Filmmaker and Photographer based in the Bay Area. After taking one film course in the last semester of his undergraduate studies, Shane knew he wanted to make filmmaking his career. Shane’s films, with a lens on Black life, have screened internationally and won awards at multiple film festivals. 


Shane's filmwork focuses on navigating through his racial and sexual identities and finding community within them. His personal experiences as a gay Black man influence his ideas and are noticeably present in his films. His graduate school thesis film, I Live Here, earned a Student Academy Award nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Since finishing I Live Here, Shane has worked as an Assistant Editor on feature documentaries and short films. He currently serves as the Chief of Business Development at Black X Film Festival. Shane’s current work includes a documentary about family & grief and his first narrative feature project. During the pandemic he created Project Teachers’ Lounge, a series highlighting educators working during the pandemic.


Shane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Business from Rhodes College (2014) and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from California College of the Arts (2017).

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