Paper Bridge Films

Documentaries made with research and creativity for a wide audience.

Documentaries made with research and creativity for a wide audience

Paper Bridge Films consists of two emerging documentary directors, Catharine Axley and Kristine Stolakis. Our films tell diverse stories, take on complex issues, and encourage public dialogue. We are influenced by our background in the arts, humanities, journalism, and politics. We are currently producing ATTLA, a co-production of ITVS and Vision Maker Media for public television. We are located in Oakland, California. 

We strive to be active members of our community. If you are an educator or community group and have a media need, we encourage you to get in touch. When not working on our own projects, we also work for hire as a full service production company. We can be reached at


Kristine Stolakis is a BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker dedicated to making creative and diverse stories. She is currently directing PRAY AWAY (working title), a feature documentary on the history and ramifications of the conversion therapy or "pray the gay away" movement. PRAY AWAY is currently accepting donations through the film's fiscal sponsor, the Hartley Film Foundation, and is being executive produced by Johnny Symons. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, Doc NYC, Outfest, and Frameline. She has directed and filmed documentaries for The New Yorker, The Atlantic (Editor’s Pick), and Mother Jones, and her films have been covered in Buzzfeed, Ms. Magazine, and Broadly. Her film The Typist recently played at the National Gallery of Art and Alaska Airlines. She holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. She currently teaches at Stanford University.

Catharine Axley is a documentary filmmaker and editor who seeks stories of empowerment through subjects that defy expectations. She is currently directing ATTLA, a feature documentary co-produced by ITVS and Vision Maker Media. Her films have played at festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Harlem International Film Festival, and the United Nations Association Film Festival. She was a Regional Finalist for the 2014 Student Academy Awards and an official nominee for the David L. Wolper Award at the 2015 International Documentary Association Awards. Axley is currently a FilmHouse resident through the San Francisco Film Society. She holds an M.F.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. in History & Ethnicity, Race, and Migration from Yale University.


NOV 2017 - Director Kristine Stolakis invited to participate in SFFILM's Artist's Residency

NOV 2017 - ATTLA's director Catharine Axley interviewed for High North News

OCT 2017 - Director Kristine Stolakis invited to workshop PRAY AWAY at the Investigative Reporting Program's Filmmakers Workshop at University of California, Berkeley 

JUN 2017 - THE TYPIST chosen as Short of the Week

JUN 2017 - THE TYPIST released as a Staff Pick at Vimeo

JUN 2017 - Paper Bridge releases its first NEWS ROUND UP, including a WHERE WE STAND community screening in partnership with SFFILM

MAY 2017 - WHERE WE STAND picked up by ABC2

JAN 2017 - WHERE WE STAND a Staff Pick at Vimeo

JAN 2017 - WHERE WE STAND to be internationally distributed by Journeyman Pictures

JAN 2017 - WHERE WE STAND "Editor's Pick" on The Atlantic

SEP 2016 - Paper Bridge Film's ATTLA to be co-produced by ITVS and Vision Maker Media