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Photograph of Larry Engel

Larry Engel Assoc Professor SOC - Film and Media Arts

Additional Positions at AU
Division Director, Film and Media Arts
Associate Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
Faculty Affiliate, School of International Service
MFA, School of the Arts, Columbia University, NYC; MS, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; BS, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Favorite Spot on Campus
With more than 40 years of teaching and filmmaking, and 250 projects, his documentaries appear on PBS, the Discovery Channels, and National Geographic, among many 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 and Cuba.

The PBS series "The Human Spark," hosted by Alan Alda, and directed and photographed by Engel ( won the prestigious AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for In-Depth Reporting, his second such award..

"Potato Heads: Keepers of the Crop" premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival and has played in festivals around the world.

Engel is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America–East, Directors UK, and the Potomac Appalachia Trail Club–Mountaineering Division.

He is passionate about environmental and conservation issues and works with many regional nonprofits with students in CB-designated course. He also loves to rock climb, and mountain and road bike. His favorite place on the planet is Antarctica.
See Also
Thoughts on Prison
See some of Professor Engel's clips
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.


Spring 2023

  • COMM-413 Producing Film and Video

  • COMM-486 Documentary Production

Summer 2023

  • COMM-610 Principles of Video Production

Fall 2023

  • COMM-701 Grad Sem Film Theory&Practice

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

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