About the Movie


Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, California Humanities, the Berkeley Film Foundation, and 3,185 backers on Kickstarter.


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Film Screening Dates


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Feb. 5 & Feb. 15 2024 – DENMARK
Danish Film Institute / Cinematheque


Nov. 20, 19:30 2023 – SPAIN
Women Cultural Center Francesca Bonnemaison, Sala Vallespir: screening and debate: “How to Destroy Women’s Writing”
August 30, 2023 – INDIA
Soho House, Mumbai, India
May 26, 18:00 2022 – ESTONIA HeadRead Literary Festival (in person)
April 1, 6:15pm PST 2022 – USA (online)
New Parkway Theater, Oakland, CA – screening and post-film discussion with Director Arwen Curry
Sept. 22, 8pm EST – USA (online)
Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival (FREE ONLINE SCREENING)
Dec. 7-12 – SPAIN (online)
HER Feminist Festival
June 1-14 – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival – ONLINE SCREENINGS
Wednesday, Apr. 22, 6:30pm – San Francisco, California
The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (POSTPONED)
Monday, April 20 – Toronto, Canada (POSTPONED)
Hot Docs Festival
Thursday, Apr. 9, 7pm – Woodstock, Illinois
Woodstock Public Library
Saturday, March 28, 2pm – San Francisco, California (CANCELLED)
SF Public Library Main Library, Koret Auditorium
March 14 & 17 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cinema of the Dam’d

Saturday, March 14, 2pm – Tel Aviv, Israel
EPOS International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv Museum of Art – Israel Premiere!

Thursday, Jan. 23, 6pm – Phoenix, Arizona
FilmBar – The film will be introduced by local author and ASU Professor Matt Bell, with an informal conversation and Q&A to follow the screening.

Dec 18 (7:30pm) & Dec 19 (5:30pm) – Bilbao, Spain
Azkuna Zentroa Center, “Zinemateka: Open cinema. Inventing a new future”

Wednesday, Dec 11 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lab 111

Thursday, Dec 5, 7:30pm – Berlin, Germany
diffrakt | centre for theoretical periphery

Nov 5, 12, 19, & 26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cinema of the Dam’d

Sunday, Nov 17, 8pm – The Hague, The Netherlands
iii workspace – Pre-screening reading and discussion of Donna Haraway’s essay “Tentacular Thinking – Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene” led by Sissel Marie Tonn of The Reading Room

Monday, Nov 11, 7pm – Brooklyn, NY
Pratt Institute, Film & Video Building – 550 Myrtle Ave.

Friday, Nov 8, 5:30pm – Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas International Film Festival, Glenwood Arts Theater – Kansas Premiere!

Tuesday, Oct 15, 7pm – Albany, California
Albany Film Fest, Albany Library

Saturday, Oct 26, 2pm – Berkeley, California
Berkeley Public Library (Central), Community Meeting Room

Friday, Oct 11, 7pm – Cologne, Germany
Masculinities Exhibition, by Kölnischer Kunstverein

Saturday Oct 5 & Friday Oct 11 – Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane International Film Festival – State Library of Queensland (Oct 5) & Australian Cinémathèque GOMA (Oct 11)

Thursday, Oct 3, 9:10pm & Saturday, Oct 5, 2:25pm. – Seoul, South Korea
FIWOM, Film Festival for Women’s Rights, CGV Apgujeong ART 2

Thursday, Sep 26, 6pm – Burlington, Vermont
Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF) and Burlington Book Festival – Hosted by Champlain College

Sunday, Sep 22, 4:30pm – Bologna, Italy
Some Prefer Cake: Bologna Lesbian Film Festival, Nuovo Cinema Nosadella – SALA SCALO

Friday, Sep 13, 7pm & Sunday, Sep 15, 4pm – Rohnert Park, CA
Sonoma Film Institute, In-person conversation w/Director Arwen Curry after Friday’s screening!

Sunday, Sep 14, 9pm – Bielefeld, Germany
AJZ Bielefeld, Heeperstraße 132

Wednesday, Sep 4, 6:45pm & Saturday, Sep 7, 2pm – Mantova, Italy

Friday, Aug 23 (4:25pm), Tuesday, Aug 27 (1:25pm), & Thursday, Aug 29 (7:25pm) – Nevada City, California
Nevada City Film Festival, The Onyx Theater (21+)

Friday, Aug 16 (1pm) & Sunday, Aug 18 (11am) – Macon, Georgia
Macon Film Festival – Georgia premiere!

Tuesday, Aug 13, 7:00pm – Hopewell, New Jersey
Hopewell Theater – New Jersey premiere!

Thursday, Aug 1, 8 & 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Vester Vov Vov, hosted by United Anarchist Bookcafés (FAB: Forenede Anarkistiske Bogcaféer)

Wednesday, July 31, 7:00pm – Berlin, Germany
ACUD MACHT NEU – Presented by XenoEntities Network

Thursdays, Jul 4-25 (4 screenings) – Copenhagen, Denmark
Vester Vov Vov, hosted by United Anarchist Bookcafés (FAB: Forenede Anarkistiske Bogcaféer)

Sunday, July 21, 7:00pm – Chico, California
The Pageant Theater

Saturday, July 13, 7:30pm – Enterprise, Oregon
Summer Fishtrap, Fishtrap Live – Panel discussion “Dreams and Tales – Remembering Ursula” to follow screening, with Molly Gloss, Scott Russell Sanders, and Luis Alberto Urrea

Sunday, July 7, 4:15 – San Rafael, California
Smith Rafael Film Center

Friday, Jul 5 (5:35pm) & Saturday, Jul 6 (2:55pm) – Oakland, California
The New Parkway

Thursday, Jun 27, 6:30pm – Copenhagen, Denmark
Vester Vov Vov, hosted by United Anarchist Bookcafés (FAB: Forenede Anarkistiske Bogcaféer)

Friday, Jun 21 – Tuesday, June 25 (5 screenings) – Oakland, California
The New Parkway

Thursday, Jun 20, 7:00pm – London, United Kingdom
Mother Tongues London Arts Collective

Saturday, Jun 15, 5:15pm & Wednesday, Jun 19, 6pm – Chicago, Illinois
Gene Siskel Film Center – Saturday screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by science-fiction author and UIC professor Mary Anne Mohanraj; Wednesday screening will be followed by an audience discussion led by Prof. Mohanraj.

Tuesday, Jun 18, 8:30pm – Paris, France
Cinéma Le Grand Action – The film is part of “The Legacies of Ursula K. Le Guin: Science, Fiction and Ethics for the Anthropocene” conference, organized by l’Ecole Polytechnique and l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle

Saturday, Jun 15, 10:00pm – Athens, Greece
Anti-Racist festival

Thursday, Jun 13, 9:20pm & Friday, Jun 14, 5:20pm – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Southside Film Festival – Southside Film Institute, NMIH

Saturday, Jun 8, 7pm – Milan, Italy
Oltre Lo Specchio Festival, Museo interattivo del cinema – Italian premiere!

Thursday, Jun 6, 7pm – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Princess Cinemas

Thursday, Jun 6, 10am – Vancouver, Canada
Women Deliver Film Festival, Film Screenings: Women Artivists – TRAILER ONLY!

Saturday, Jun 1, 4:45pm – Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Year Round, Vancity Theater

Saturday, Jun 1, 3pm & Monday, Jun 3, 6:30pm – Oakland, California
The New Parkway, Q&A with the filmmaker to follow

Monday, May 27, 7pm – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
The Playhouse Cinema

Saturday, May 25, 9:00am – Washington DC, Metro Area
Escape Velocity Festival

Friday, May 24, 5:30pm – Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi/Ankara
The Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival, discussion to follow the screening

Sunday, May 19, 3:00pm – Jersey, Channel Islands
13th Parish Festival, Jersey Arts Centre

Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm – Dublin, Ireland
International Literature Festival, Irish Film Institute

Thursday, May 16, 8:00pm – Woodland Hills, California
The 2019 SFWA Nebula Conference (for conference members only)

Wednesday, May 15, 6:15pm – Nottingham, United Kingdom
Broadway Cinema – Presented as part of Feminist Book Fortnight, in association with Five Leaves Bookshop. Introduction by crime writer Jane A. Adams and Kathleen Bell, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at De Montfort University.

May 3-16 (5 screenings) – Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

Apr. 26 – May 9 – Amherst, Massachusetts
Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, May 8, 7:15pm – Denver, Colorado
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake

Saturday, May 4, 7:30pm – Berkeley, California
Bay Area Book Festival, Freight & Salvage – Discussion with Arwen Curry, Annalee Newitz, Kim Stanley Robinson, and David Streitfeld to follow.

Saturday, May 4, 2:00pm – Ithaca, New York
Spring Writes Literary Festival, Cinemapolis

Tuesday, Apr. 30, 5:45pm & Wednesday, May 1, 3:15pm – Newport Beach, California
Newport Beach Film Festival, Tuesday at THE LOT theater 2 & Wednesday at Edwards Big Newport

Sunday, Apr. 28, 10:00am – Richmond, Virginia
Richmond International Film and Music Festival – Criterion Cinemas at Movieland, THEATER 4

Saturday, Apr. 27, 5:00pm – Olten, Switzerland
What if – Women in Film Festival – Switzerland premiere!

Thursday, Apr. 25, 7:00pm – San Rafael, California
Smith Rafael Film Center – Q&A with the filmmaker to follow.

Apr. 24, 10:00am & Apr. 26, 1:15pm – Dubuque, Iowa
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Phoenix 1 theater – Iowa premiere!

Apr. 19 & 22 – Los Angeles, California
Laemmle Theaters: Glendale (19th), Playhouse 7 (22nd), Royal (22nd), Town Center 5 (22nd), Claremont 5 (22nd)

Sunday, Apr. 21, 5:00pm – Winchester, Virginia
Alamo Drafthouse Winchester

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 9:45pm, Apr. 19, 4:30pm, & Apr. 20, 2:30pm – Minneapolis St. Paul, Minnesota
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Friday, Apr. 19, 3:00pm – Chicago, Illinois
The University of Chicago, Humanities Division

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7:30pm – Belfast, Ireland
Belfast Film Festival, Queen’s Film Theater – Northern Ireland premiere!

Sunday, Apr. 14, 1:45pm – Leeds, United Kingdom
Leeds Film City, Hyde Park Picture House

Saturday, April 13, 4:30pm – Porto, Portugal
University of Porto, Rectorate Building – This screening will be the closing to More Meals to Come: An International Conference on Food, Future and Utopian/Science Fiction Literature by Project ALIMENTOPIA / Utopian Foodways – Portugal premiere!

Apr. 12, 1:00pm & 7:30pm, Apr. 13, 4:00pm- Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theatre – Hawaii premiere!

Friday, Apr. 12, 7:30pm – Denver, Colorado
Women+Film Festival, Sie FilmCenter – Colorado premiere!

Thursday, Apr. 11, 7:00 pm – Berkeley, CA
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood – Q&A with Director Arwen Curry to followl

Thursday Apr. 11, 5:30pm – Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Myers Film Festival

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 1:30 pm – Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC), Music Recital Hall – Panel discussion to follow, with Director Arwen Curry and Editor Juli Vizza

Monday, Apr. 8, 7:00 pm – Montreal QC, Canada
Cinema Politica, Concordia University – Québec premiere!

Apr. 5, 9:20am, Apr. 6, 5:30pm, Apr. 7, 12:35pm – Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix Film Festival – Arizona premiere!

Thursday, Apr. 4, 4:00pm – Gainesville, Florida
University of Florida, Smathers Library Room 100

Sunday, Mar. 31, 13:00pm – Sebastapol, CA
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Saturday, Mar. 30, 2:00 pm – Berkeley, California
Berkeley Public Library, Central Library Community Meeting Room

Friday, Mar. 29, 8:00pm – Madrid, Spain
La Casa Escondida

Mar. 29-31 – Vancouver, Washington
Kiggins Theatre

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 7:00 pm – Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia International Film Festival (Cinema Politica), Goethe Institut

Mar. 24, 6:30pm – Barcelona, Spain
Kosmopolis, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

Sunday, Mar. 24, 6:00pm – Albany, California
Albany Film Festival – Q&A with filmmakers to follow

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 6:30pm – Newport, Oregon
Newport Public Library

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 5:00pm – Huesca, Spain
Muestra de Cine realizado por Mujeres de Huesca, Teatro Olimpia

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2:30pm & 6:30pm – Tacoma, Washington
The Grand Cinema, Tuesday Film Series

Mar. 17, 12:30pm & Mar. 18, 6:00pm – Portland, Oregon
Portland International Film Festival, NW Film Center, Whitsell Auditorium – Screening with Kesh, directed by Vanessa Renwick

Sunday, Mar. 17, 5:00pm – Istanbul, Turkey
International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 7:00pm – Corvallis, Oregon
LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Hall. After the screening, Director Arwen Curry will join Tony Vogt from the Anarres Project and Carly Lettero from Spring Creek Project on stage for a public conversation.

Mar. 10, 17, 23 & Apr. 2, 3, 4 – Olympia, WA
Olympia Film Society, Encore screenings!

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2:00pm – Jingjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Kinmirai Gallery Hostel, Building 7, No. 37, Shuinian River South No. 3 Street

Friday, Mar. 8, 7:30pm – Washington, DC
DC Independent Film Festival, The Carnegie Institution for Science.

On Saturday, Mar. 9, 4:00-5:30pm, Director Arwen Curry will participate in a seminar at The Carnegie Institution for Science in DC, presented in association with Docs In Progress CHANGING THE LOOK OF REALITY: Integrating Animation and Digital Effects into Documentaries

Friday, Mar. 8, 6:15pm – Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha Film Festival, Aksarben Cinema

Thursday, Mar. 7, 7:00 pm – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Union Cinema, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mar. 6 10:30pm & Mar. 8 1:00pm – Thessaloniki, Greece

Friday, Mar. 1 (opening) – Santa Fe, New Mexico
Center for Contemporary Arts

CANCELLED (due to weather): Monday, Mar. 4, 5:30 pm- Brooklyn, New York
Pratt Institute, McKenna Screening Room in the Film & Video Building. Screening followed by a conversation between Director Arwen Curry and Pratt Visiting Instructor Virginia Wagner.

Friday, Mar. 1, 6:00 pm – New York, NY
Athena Film Festival – Lehman Auditorium, Barnard College Campus. Q&A with director Arwen Curry to follow the screening.

Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:00pm – New York, NY
Aeon Bookstore, presented by neighboring Commend shop – Q&A with Director Arwen Curry to follow the screening.

Feb. 26, Mar. 6, Mar. 17 & 23 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cinema of the Dam’d, Overtoom 301 – Part of the Women’s Work series

Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30pm – Santa Cruz, CA
Third Thursday Film Series, Hotel Paradox

Sunday, Feb. 17 (4:30 & 7:30 pm) & Feb. 24, 4:30 PM – Philadelphia, PA
PhilaMOCA: Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art

Feb. 15-20 – San Francisco, California
The Alamo Drafthouse

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:00 pm – Somerville, MA
Boston Sci-Film Festival, Somerville Theatre.

Special interview with Director Arwen Curry and Award-Winning Author Theodora Goss on Friday, Feb. 15 from 5pm-6pm – Boskone Convention, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:00pm – Enterprise, Oregon
Fishtrap: Writing and the West, The Big Read – Enterprise Community Church

Feb. 6 – Feb 27 – Arcata, California
The Miniplex

Jan. 31 – Feb. 7 – Hudson, NY
Time & Space gallery

Jan. 22 – Feb. 20 – Seattle, WA
Northwest Film Forum

Sunday, Jan. 13, 7:00 pm – Duluth, MN Zeitgeist Arts Center – Zinema 2 (Sneak Preview Screening!)

Thursday, Jan. 10, 6:30 pm – Gateshead, UK
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Dec. 26-30, 6:30pm – Albuquerque, NM
Guild Cinema – Le Guin friend/author Betsy James and Organic Books owner & author Steve Brewer present on opening night. Also, door prizes from Bubonicon 51 for weekend screenings.

Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 pm – Nehalem, OR
North County Recreation District theatre – Presented by Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 & 7:00 pm – Oakland, CA
The New Parkway Theater – Co-presented by the Berkeley FILM Foundation and featuring a post-film discussion with Director Arwen Curry

Saturday, Dec. 1, 8:00 pm – Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival

Sunday, Nov. 25, 5:50 pm – Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Film – Part of Book Week Scotland, the film will be introduced by Ken MacLeod

Thursday, Nov. 22, 6:30 pm – London, UK
Lexi Cinema – So Mayer will introduce the film, and a panel discussion will follow the film.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 am – Polson, Montana
National Endowment for the Arts Big Read – North Lake County Public Library District. Popcorn will be provided.

Friday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm – Berlin, Germany
Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest

Saturday, Nov. 10, 11:45 am – New York, New York
DOC NYC – SVA Theater in Chelsea. Director Arwen Curry and Animator Molly Schwartz in attendance.

Sat, Nov. 10, 12:00 pm & Thu, Nov. 15, 7:00 pm – Brighton, UK
CINECITY – Dukes at Komedia (10th) and Towner Art Gallery (15th)

Friday, Nov. 9, 8:30 pm – Gothenburg, Sweden
Bio Roy

Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 pm – Stockholm, Sweden
Presented by Bio Rio and Science Fiction Bokhandeln

Fri, Oct. 26 – Tue, Nov. 26 – London, UK
Bertha DocHouse

Friday, Oct. 25, 7 pm – Mexico City, Mexico
Centro Cultural Elena Garro

Sunday, Nov. 4, 7:30 pm – Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Film Festival – VIOLET CROWN 5

Thursday, Nov. 1, 3:45pm – Nantes , France
Festival Les Utopiales

Saturday, Nov. 3, 4:30 pm – Belgrade, Serbia
Beokon Festival, Belgrade

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:00 pm – London, England
Barbican Theater 2 – New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival, with post-screening talk with Pat Cadigan and So Mayer

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30-9:30 pm – Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College: Talk with Julie Phillips, Ursula K. Le Guin biographer 4:15-5:30 pm, followed by film screening at 7:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:00 pm – Austin, TX
Austin Film Festival, Hideout Theater

Friday, Oct. 26, 6:00 pm – Zaragoza, Spain
International Women Make Movies – Centro de Historias

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 pm – San Francisco, CA

Saturday, Oct. 20, 11:30 am & Sunday, Oct. 21, 6:00 pm – Sante Fe, NM
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival – Filmmaker Arwen Curry in attendance for Sunday show

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:00 pm – San Francisco, CA
LITQUAKE Screening followed by conversation with Arwen Curry and Michael Chabon, Alamo Draft House

Sunday, Oct. 14, 7:00 pm – Missoula, MT
The Roxy Theater Screen 2 – Presented Free of Charge by the Missoula Public Library

Saturday, Oct. 13, 3:00 pm & Sunday, Oct. 14, 1:00 pm – Bend, OR

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:00 am – Louisville, KY
Louisville International Festival of Film

Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 pm – Ashland, OR
Ashland Independent Film Festival – Varsity World Film Week

Director’s Dinner, 5:00 pm at Cucina Biazzi; Closing Night Party 9:45 pm, Hearsay – Filmmaker in attendance

Friday, Oct. 12, 7:00 pm – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Film Girl Film Festival – Opening Night Film, followed by after party with music and free pizza

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2:00 pm – Krakow, Poland
Unsound Music Festival screening will be accompanied by a performance by Todd Barton of “Music and Poetry of The Kesh,” written by Barton and Ursula K. Le Guin as an accompaniment to her 1985 masterwork, Always Coming Home.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:00 pm – Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Film Festival, Grand Cinema, screening with Vanessa Renwick’s short film “Kesh”

Saturday, Oct. 6, 4:45 pm & Sunday Oct. 7, 12:00 pm – Santa Cruz, CA

Sunday, Oct. 7, 8:30 pm – Glendale, CA
Glendale International Film Festival

Friday, Oct. 5, 6:00 pm & Monday, Oct. 8, 12:00 pm – Mill Valley, CA

Saturday, Sept. 22, 4:10 pm, Monday, Sept. 24, 7:30 pm & Saturday, Sept. 29, 8:30 pm – Kaunas, Lithuania
Kaunas International Film Festival

Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:00 am & Sunday, Sept. 23, 12:30 pm – Port Townsend, WA
Port Townsend Film Festival, Washington State Premiere

Friday, Sept. 21 (screening time TBA) – Bilbao, Spain
AnsibleFest, Bilbao

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:15 pm – Eugene, Oregon
Oregon Independent Film Festival

Friday, Sept. 14-16 – Portland, Oregon
U.S. Premiere Screening, Northwest Film Center

Sunday, Sept. 16, 5:30 pm – Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Youth Film Festival, Scottish Premiere

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:00 pm – Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver International Film Festival and Vancouver Writer’s Fest

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:00 pm – Bergen Kunsthall – Norway

Sunday, June 10, 7:00 pm – Sheffield, England
WORLD PREMIERE – Sheffield Documentary Film Festival

The Team

Arwen Curry (Director & Producer

Arwen Curry

Director, Producer
Arwen Curry (Director & Producer
Arwen Curry

Director, Producer

Arwen Curry worked with Ursula K. Le Guin for ten years to create Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. As an associate producer, her projects include EAMES: The Architect and the Painter (2011), American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco (2013), Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), and five 30-minute science and technology documentaries made for the PBS member station KQED between 2012 and 2014. She also directed a short documentary, Stuffed (2008). Arwen is a former chief editor of the seminal punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll and has written for print, radio, and film. Arwen is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Johnny Nackley and their two little boys, Desmond and Stee.

Juli Vizza

Juli Vizza

Juli Vizza
Juli Vizza


Juli Vizza is an award-winning editor and producer with nearly two decades of experience in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. Her films have premiered at the world’s top film festivals.

Andrew Gersh

Andrew Gersh


Andrew Gersh is an award-winning documentary film editor based in Berkeley, CA. His work has screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums and on television, including HBO, Netflix, Showtime, ABC, PBS, BBC and Channel 4, UK.

Jason Andrew Cohn

Jason Andrew Cohn

Jason Andrew Cohn
Jason Andrew Cohn


Jason Andrew Cohn is the producer, writer and director of the Peabody Award-winning EAMES: The Architect and the Painter which aired nationally on PBS American Masters in 2011, following a successful theatrical release.

Camille Servan-Schreiber

Camille Servan-Schreiber


Camille Servan-Schreiber has worked in documentary film since 1998 and has received numerous awards including a Golden Spire Award from the San Francisco Film Festival.

Andrew Black

Director of Photography
Andrew Black

Director of Photography

Andrew Black shoots acclaimed features and documentaries, including Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 and Sicko. He shot the Academy Award-nominated The Weather Underground by Sam Green and Bill Siegel.

Ariana Reguzzoni

Ariana Reguzzoni

Associate Producer
Ariana Reguzzoni
Ariana Reguzzoni

Associate Producer

Ariana Reguzzoni is the Associate Producer of Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. She has worked for PBS Frontline, KQED, Current TV and Northern Light Productions in Boston, MA.

Molly Schwartz

Molly Schwartz


Molly Schwartz runs her own production studio creating art, animation, design, special effects, code and interaction for public art installations, site-specific projection, and documentary film.

William Ryan Fritch

William Ryan Fritch


William Ryan Fritch is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer living in the artisan community of Petaluma, California.

“Film is a visual medium, but that doesn’t mean it all has to take place on the surface of your eyeballs. It can move right inside your head and be where it belongs, in the place where the dreams come from.”

—Ursula K. Le Guin, 1980


Audience Choice Documentary
Macon Film Festival

About Ursula


Ursula Kroeber was born on October 21, 1929 in Berkeley, California, where she grew up. Her parents were the anthropologist Alfred Kroeber and Theodora Kracaw Kroeber, author of Ishi in Two Worlds. She went to Radcliffe College and did graduate work at Columbia University.

Ursula K. Le Guin was prolific in both poetry and prose, mainly in the genres of realistic fiction, science fiction and fantasy. She wrote 22 novels as well as dozens of volumes of short stories, poems, young children’s books, books for young adults, screenplays, essays, and works of translation.

Ursula K. Le Guin died on January 22, 2018 at her home in Portland, Oregon. She is survived by her husband, historian Charles A. Le Guin, her three children, and her four grandchildren.


Most of Le Guin’s major titles have remained continuously in print, some for over 40 years. For an in-depth bibliography visit www.ursulakleguin.com.


Le Guin first began publishing in the mid-1960s, and soon became known for her cultural sophistication and artistry. Her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality, and ethnography. Le Guin, by elevating science fiction from mind candy to serious speculation, gave permission to younger mainstream writers like Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and David Mitchell to explore fantastic elements in their work.

In 2014 Le Guin was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2002 she won a PEN/Malamud Award for “excellence in a body of short fiction.”

In April 2000 the U.S. Library of Congress made her a Living Legend in the “Writers and Artists” category for her significant contributions to America’s cultural heritage.

In science fiction, Le Guin won the top awards many times over. For novels alone, she won five Locus, four Nebula, two Hugo, and one World Fantasy Award. (The Dispossessed won the Locus, Nebula, and Hugo.) Her third Earthseanovel, The Farthest Shore, won the 1973 National Book Award for Young People’s LiteratureUnlocking the Air and Other Stories was one of three finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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