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Maggie Burnette Stogner Professor School of Communication

Additional Positions at AU
Executive Producer, AU Center for Social Media
Associate Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
MA Communication/Documentary Film, Stanford University; BA French Literature/Film, San Francisco State University

Maggie Burnette Stogner is a professor of Film and Media Arts and brings over 30 years of filmmaking experience 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 and had continued to direct, producer and write internationally broadcast documentaries such as “Gold Mountain” (2016), as well as films and immersive media for world-touring cultural exhibitions. Her award-winning work includes two King Tut exhibitions; The Greeks; Real Pirates; Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures; Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology; Roads of Arabia exhibit, and others.

She is also directing and producing an independent documentary about the death penalty, “In the Executioner’s Shadow,” with author and colleague Rick Stack. The film is an excellent example of a high-impact film project that has evolved through a collaborative learning lab with dozens of students.

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”. In addition, she collaborates with the Center of Media and Social Impact on social justice engagement through film, and is Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

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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Professor Stogner in front of the The Greeks Exhibit at National Geographic

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Mastering the Haiku of Filmmaking

Agamemnon to Alexander the Great: Stogner produces immersive media for exhibition celebrating 5,000 years of Greek culture.
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Photo: The film includes the installation of a Sèvres royal table using plates from the 1700s and a royal garden centerpiece made of spun sugar by culinary histo-rian Ivan Day, above left.

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Sugar and Spice

Three SOC grad students make movie for Hillwood Museum exhibit.
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