Stefan Wanigatunga

MFA Student

Directing Program


Stefan grew up in Anchorage and received a B.A. in Film Studies at Seattle University where he founded an after-school filmmaking program. His filmmaking experience includes directing a documentary about a literacy program and working with the university to film footage at urban farms in Washington, as well as producing and directing a documentary in Point Hope, Alaska about the changing climate and culture. At UCLA, he has written, directed, and produced several short films, and worked as the sound mixer/assistant editor on a behind-the-scenes documentary about Live Cinema with Francis Ford Coppola.


Environmental Storytelling Collaboration with KCET

LENS is collaborating with KCET, Southern California’s independent public TV and digital media company, to produce immersive stories that bring new voices and new ideas into environmental reporting and that bring our faculty and student research into conversation with diverse public audiences. In our pilot year (2017-2018), the project will focus on California as a...