Arwen Curry is a San Francisco Bay Area native and a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied documentary film with Jon Else (Cadillac Desert, The Day After Trinity) Debbie Hoffmann, and Frances Reid (both of The Times of Harvey Milk and Long Night’s Journey Into Day).
Arwen’s latest film, in development, is a biography of the writer Ursula K. Le Guin, produced with Le Guin’s full participation. Arwen is also associate producer of Regarding Susan Sontag, a documentary about the late novelist and critic directed by Nancy Kates (Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, 2003). She has also worked with Academy Award-nominated director Sam Green (Weather Underground, 2002) on his new live documentary, Utopia in Four Movements.
Arwen was coordinator of the San Francisco underground punk rock magazine Maximum Rocknroll from 1998 to 2004. She has been a contributor to the radio show Radio Lab and other programs, and publishes the zine Ration. Arwen has worked as a researcher and associate producer with Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning director Justine Shapiro (Promises, 2002).
Arwen’s 20-minute documentary video, Stuffed, co-produced with Cerissa Tanner in 2006, took viewers into the lives and apartments of compulsive hoarders to better understand our mysterious connection to the things we own. Stuffed premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and subsequently screened at the New England Film and Video Festival, Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archives, The Black Maria Film Festival (where it won the Audience Award), the National Association of Professional Organizers’ 2009 conference, the American Psychological Association’s 2009 conference, and other professional symposia.