SCEDI Showcase: Laura Waters Hinson and Maggie Burnette Stogner, May 18, 2021, 10:00 am ET (USA)

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SCEDI Showcase: Laura Waters Hinson and Maggie Burnette Stogner

May 18, 2021

10:00 am ET (USA)

Join us for an online CILECT SCEDI Faculty Showcase on May 18. Laura Waters Hinson and Maggie Burnette Stogner of American University will show clips from their creative media projects and discuss their strategies for inclusive teaching. Read more about the filmmakers/teachers below. See you in Zoom on May 18. (This online session will be recorded and made available for later viewing.)

Laura Waters Hinson is an award-winning filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film at American University. Laura serves as the division’s social impact coordinator and director of the Community Voice Lab, which partners AU student filmmakers with DC-based non-profits to produce a short film series capturing voices of marginalized community residents. Her first feature documentary, As We Forgive, about Rwanda’s reconciliation movement, won the 2008 student Academy Award for best documentary, the Cinema for Peace Award in Berlin, and was broadcast nationally on PBS. Since 2009, Laura’s films have been screened at the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art and at dozens of international film festivals such as the Santa Barbara International Film Fest, Austin Film Fest, Seattle Human Rights Film Fest, Manchester International Film Fest, among many others. Most recently, Laura directed her first narrative short called Moving Violation, which starred Milana Vayntrub and won Best Narrative Short at the DC Independent Film Festival. During the Spring of 2019, Laura served as the director's shadow on the set of Showtime's Homeland. Prior to this, she served as a Filmmaker-in-Residence at American University. She is currently directing a new documentary called Street Reporter about street journalism and homelessness alongside community partner Street Sense Media. Laura received her MFA in Film and Electronic Media from American University and a BA in Political Science and Communication from Furman University.

Maggie Burnette Stogner is the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking ( and a professor of Film and Media Arts at American University in Washington, D.C.. She brings over 30 years of filmmaking experience to the Center and to the classroom. She was on staff at National Geographic TV & Film for nearly a decade where she produced, directed and wrote numerous documentaries, and was senior producer of the award-winning series EXPLORER. In 2005, she launched the independent media company Blue Bear Films (, creating films and immersive media for world-touring cultural exhibitions for National Geographic, the Smithsonian, LucasFilms, and others. She creates documentaries and outreach campaigns that inspire and inform, including the award-winning "Unbreathable - the Fight For Healthy Air" (2020), "In the Executioner's Shadow" (2018), “Gold Mountain” (2016), and others. Her leadership at the Center For Environmental Filmmaking seeks to empower media makers to be advocates for our planet and catalysts for positive change. CEF builds diversity and equity through its programs, experiential learning, and inclusive filmmaking. Through its research, the Center propels a leading vision for the future:  CEF - Impact Media Report2020: Creative, Collaborative & Outreach Strategies for Nature, Environmental and Science Films

Download: CEF_-_Impact_Media_Report2020.pdf

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