Larry Engel

Larry Engel

Filmmaker in Residence
Phone: (202) 885-2688
engel@american.edu

Larry Engel is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker with more than 30 years of experience spanning all seven continents. He combines many skills including producing, writing, directing and cinematography. Engel has also been teaching during that time, and in 2004 joined the Film and Media Arts faculty in the School of Communication at American University in the nation’s capital. In 2009 he was granted tenure.

Engel teaches a range of theory and production courses; he is also an associate director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and co-author of “The Code of Best Practices in Sustainable Filmmaking,” endorsed by the International Documentary Association and the University Film & Video Association.

His most recent productions are “The Human Spark,” a PBS special series scheduled for airing in 2009 hosted by Alan Alda who travels the world investigating the origins of the things that made humans uniquely human, and “The World Without Sunlight,” the first of six shows in a series for the Science Channel. Engel is the series director and director of photography on both. In 2007 he produced and edited, and was the director of photography on the independent feature “Apology.”

His work appears on most of the major international and domestic outlets for science and adventure including Channel 4 (UK), BBC, Channel 5 (UK), Canal Plus (FR), National Geographic, TBS, the Discovery Channels, the History Channel, and PBS.

Engel is an avid skier who doesn’t have the time for it much anymore but enjoys and finds the time for mountain biking. He lives on a farm in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York when he’s not in DC, where he and his wife tend to a menagerie of animals including horses, donkeys, llamas, goats and sheep along with a bunch of chickens, whose eggs are in high demand. Carolyn and he also run a wildlife rehabilitation center for orphaned and injured animals (Mid-Hudson Wildlife Rescue).

He believes that there is no better way to help the earth and its inhabitants than by telling their stories through film.

Multimedia by Larry Engel

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The six high school students in Pittsburg, Kansas, whose investigative journalism led to the resignation of their newly appointed principal are still reveling in the wake of an article that swept the nation, and a leading free-press expert said it’s the kind of journalism communities need in the wake of corporate cutbacks. 

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The Pentagon Papers helped shape legal and ethical standards for journalistic truth-telling on matters of top secret government affairs. Openness, in the eyes of the public and the courts, would usually prevail over government secrecy, shifting power from politicians back to citizens and news organizations. That balance of power is taking on a renewed significance today in the wake of Reality Winner’s alleged recent national security leak, prosecution of members of the press and anti-press and anti-leak rhetoric by the Trump administration.

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While it’s too soon to tell if a true sea change is in the works, here are seven relatively recent shifts in the Cuban mediasphere. Many of them would have seemed inconceivable just a few years ago and bear watching in the future.

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TV viewership declines, diversity stalls in newsrooms

Revenue and audience trends for Hispanic- and black-oriented news outlets have mirrored closely the fluctuation of the industry overall, a recent Pew Research Center report found.


Survivors reflect on life after deadly bacterial infections

When FRONTLINE’s "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria" premiered in 2013, Addie Rerecich and David Ricci were still struggling with the consequences of devastating antibiotic-resistant infections. Four years later, FRONTLINE and the Workshop caught up with the two survivors to find out how they were doing as part of an updated broadcast of the film tonight, July 25, 2017, nationwide on PBS. Check local listings.

Sinclair exemplifies consolidation concerns in TV news

Nearly 15 years ago, the five largest television companies owned about 180 of the country’s local news channels. Now, after years of dizzying buying sprees, mergers and billions of dollars spent, those companies own more than twice that — a pattern of consolidation that worries many, both within the industry and outside of it. 

More Republicans think negatively about higher ed

For the first time since Pew began tracking it, a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58 percent) now say colleges “have a negative effect on the country.” That’s compared to 72 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners who say colleges and universities have a positive impact. Whatever the cause, colleges and universities now share in a dubious distinction: as some of the most divisive national institutions. The only other institution that, according to Pew, divides Americans more? The national news media. 


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Workshop Partners

We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.

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Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.