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Maggie Burnette Stogner Professor School of Communication

Additional Positions at AU
Executive Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
Fellow, Center for Media and Social Impact
Professor, Film and Media Arts
Degrees
MA Communication/Documentary Film, Stanford University; BA French Literature/Film, San Francisco State University

Bio
Maggie Burnette Stogner is the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking (www.environmentalfilm.org) and a professor of Film and Media Arts. She brings over 30 years of filmmaking experience to the Center and to the classroom. During her nine years at National Geographic, she produced, directed and wrote numerous documentaries, and was senior producer of the award-winning weekly programs Explorer and Ultimate Explorer. In 2005, she launched Blue Bear Films (www.bluebearfilms.com) and continued to direct, produce and write internationally broadcast documentaries such as “Gold Mountain” (2016) and independent films such as “In the Executioner’s Shadow” (2017/18). She also produces films and immersive media for world-touring cultural and anthropological exhibitions for National Geographic, the Smithsonian, LucasFilms, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and others. Her award-winning work includes two King Tut exhibitions; The Greeks; Real Pirates; Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures; Indiana Jones and Adventure of Archaeology; and Roads of Arabia. She is committed to creating opportunities for experiential learning through high-impact creative production labs that embrace diversity and inclusion. Her work embodies the belief that compelling storytelling and multi-format media have the power to inspire and to be a catalyst for meaningful change. Collaborating with the next generation of media makers is a critical part of this endeavor. Her scholarship explores engagement design in film, immersive media, and emerging media with a focus on exploring humanistic storytelling through 21st century media technologies. She has published articles in academic journals such as "Curator" and "The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts”.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Documentary Magazine article

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Documentary filmmaking, museum exhibition media design and production, film production, documentary film and TV industry, independent filmmaking, visual media development, immersive storytelling

Additional Information

In early 2005, Margaret (Maggie) Burnette Stogner launched Blue Bear Films to provide creative and production services with excellent value and quality. Her work includes world-touring museum exhibitions, such as Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures, Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, and Tutankhamun: The Golden King and Great Pharoahs. Previously, Stogner was with National Geographic TV & Film for 10 years, as a producer and then senior producer of National Geographic’s documentary series, Explorer and Ultimate Explorer. The weekly programs won numerous Emmys, a Peabody, and a Dupont Award under her supervision. Her films include Mystery Tomb of Abusir, Surviving the Sahara, Mystery Rider, Flying Off Rooftops, Passion for Pythons, and many others. Before National Geographic, Stogner worked on the cutting edge of interactive multimedia, first as an executive producer at Apple Computer and then as a founder of her own company, 100th Monkey Media Inc. Her knowledge of convergence technology is particularly relevant today. Stogner began her career in San Francisco working on a wide variety of nonfiction programming for PBS, NBC, TBS, as well as on feature films for Lucas Films. She is a recipient of the prestigious Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship, serves on the Board of CINE Golden Eagles, and is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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