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 latest film, I Live Here, based on his experiences living in the Bay Area and his most pressing fear at the time, received a nomination for the 44th Student Academy Awards in 2017. 

 

Since finishing I Live Here, Shane has worked as an Assistant Editor on multiple feature documentaries and edited a few short films. He currently serves as the Co-Founder and Chief of Business Development at Black X Film Festival. Shane's is in the post-production phase of a documentary about family & grief and also developing his first narrative feature project.

 

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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