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 creative, complex, and people-driven storytelling. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, Doc NYC, and Seattle International Film Festival. 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 and has lectured at Diablo Valley College.

Catharine Axley is a documentary filmmaker who seeks stories of empowerment through subjects that defy expectations. She is currently directing the feature documentary ATTLA, the gripping but virtually unknown story of George Attla, an Alaska Native dogsled racer. Her films have played at festivals including 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 2015 International Documentary Association’s David L. Wolper Award. She holds an M.F.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. in History & Ethnicity, Race, and Migration from Yale University.


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