Unbreathable: The Fight For Healthy Air

Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air is directed by award-winning filmmaker and American University School of Communication (AU SOC) professor Maggie Burnette Stogner and is produced by SOC alumnua Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath. It is Executive Produced by SOC's Center for Environmental Filmmaking with support from the American Lung Association, AU’s Center for Environmental Policy, and the Hanley Foundation.



Maggie Burnette Stogner, Producer and Executive Producer

Maggie StognerMaggie brings 30 years of award-winning filmmaking experience to this project and is the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University. She is founder of Blue Bear Films, an independent production company of documentaries and world-touring museum films http://maggiebluebear.media. She was a producer and Senior Producer of National Geographic’s weekly series “Explorer” for nine years. Her acclaimed indie film about criminal justice “In the Executioner’s Shadow”(2018) is distributed by New Day Films. She is an executive member of WIFV in Washington D.C., a voting member of the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences, and a judge for National Emmy Awards.

Elizabeth Joy Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Producer

Elizabeth Joy Herzfeldt-KamprathElizabeth is an award-winning filmmaker focused on telling character driven stories at the intersection of the natural world and society. She is an SOC alumna. www.elizabethjoyproductions.com

Shannon Lawrence, Researcher & ArchivistShannon Lawrence

Shannon is a filmmaker working to create impactful documentary and narrative media. She is currently based in Los Angeles. She is an SOC alumna. https://snlfilmandphoto.wordpress.com/

Penny Trams, Editor

Penny TramsPenny has been editing films since the early 90’s and her work has received numerous national and international awards, including: the Peabody award, National Emmy Awards, Blue Ribbon/American Film Festival, Cindy Gold Awards, Columbus Gold Awards, Houston Gold Awards, and BACA Outstanding Documentary Award.

Matt Cipollone, Cinematographer

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Matt Cipollone is a documentary cinematographer, editor and producer. He specializes in helping socially-minded foundations and organizations tell their stories and showcase their important work through film and media. He is an SOC alumnus. https://mattcipollone.com/

Matt Twiford, Sound Recordist, Designer, Mixer

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Matt Twiford is a location recordist, sound designer and mixer from Washington, D.C. He is a Professorial Lecturer in Audio Technology at American University and SOC alumnus.

Melissa Exelberth, Narrator
Lenny Williams, Composer
Joey D’Anna, Colorist (SOC Alum)
Reuben Aaronson, Cinematography
Stephen Tringali, Cinematography (SOC Alum)
Ali Sherafat, Cinematography (SOC Alum)

Special thanks

  • Daniel Fiorino
  • Paul Billings
  • Lyndsay Alexander
  • Danielle Miller Wagner
  • Diana Van Vleet
  • Laura Kate Bender
  • Liz Mueller
  • William Barrett
  • Cam Wejnert Depue

Executive Produced by cef in Partnership with

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. Our work is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and create a tobacco-free future.

Center for Environmental PolicyThe Center for Environmental Policy aims to improve the nation's ability to address environmental challenges through effective governance.

The Hanley Foundation Washington D.C.