A deep crevasse on Mt. Rainier.

Larry Engel

Associate Professor
School of Communication

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Associate Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
    Filmmaker in Residence, Investigative Reporting Workshop
    Faculty Affiliate, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Larry Engel is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. With more than 30 years of teaching and filmmaking, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels and National Geographic, among other outlets. Awards include a Daytime Emmy for Best Cinematography and the Mountain Spirit award from Mountainfilm in Telluride. His teaching focuses on theory, production and emerging media. His favorite classes include Classroom-in-the-Wild: Extreme HD Alaska, and The Practice of Environmentalism that takes students to the Galapagos Islands.

    The PBS series "The Human Spark," hosted by Alan Alda, and directed and photographed by Engel, premiered January 2010 ( The series won the prestigious AAAS Kavli 2010 Science Journalism Award for In-Depth Reporting (more than 20 minutes).

    "Potato Heads: Keepers of the Crop" premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival in March, 2010.

    Engel is an Apple Certified Pro, Level One, for Final Cut Pro 7.
  • Degrees

    MFA, School of the Arts, Columbia University, NYC; MS, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; BS, Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • SOC - School of Communication
  • Mary Graydon - 330A
  • 8-6

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  • Spring 2014

  • Summer 2014

    • COMM-570 Film & Digital Media Institute: Classroom in Wild: HD Alaska
    • Description

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

Larry Engel's Environmental Presentation at the Corto e Fieno Film Festival, Lake Orta, Italy.

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