Stephanie Spray

Ph.D Candidate and Anthropologist

Harvard University

Stephanie Spray is a filmmaker, phonographer and anthropologist whose work explores and exploits the confluence of social aesthetics and art in everyday life. Stephanie is currently a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory, housed in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University; has a secondary field in Critical Media Practice; and is a fellow at the Film Study Center. She holds a Master’s degree in the study of world religions from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Smith College. She has made several video works in Nepal, including Kāle and Kāle (2007), Monsoon-Reflections (2008), Untitled (bed) (2009), As Long as There’s Breath (2010), and Untitled (2010) and, most recently, MANAKAMANA (co-directed with Pacho Velez, 2013). She is currently working on a new piece called Snow River.


Her films have been screened internationally at the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, The Whitney Biennial, Vancouver International Film Festival, the Viennale, CPH:DOX, International Film Festival Rotterdam, DocLisboa, Anthology Film Archives, the Harvard Film Archive, Sehsüchte International Film Festival, the Himalayan Film Festival, The International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec, and Visual Anthropology Film Festival, with installations of her shorter pieces at Ethnographic Terminalia (2009 and 2010). She has been awarded fellowships and grants in support of her work, including The Princess Grace Foundation’s Special Grant Project Award (2013-2014) and Graduate Film Scholarship (2012-2013), a Climber-Scientist Small Grant Award from USAID (2013), Fulbright-Hays DDRA (2011), SSRC-IDRF (2010), and Fulbright-IIE (2001-2002).