Larry Engel

Associate Director Center for Environmental Filmmaking

Larry Engel is a Daytime Emmy® (cinematography) award-winning producer, writer, director, and cinematographer now in his fifth decade of filmmaking that spans all seven continents. He’s worked on over 300 projects for domestic and international broadcasters and cable channels.

Currently, Engel is an associate professor at American University’s School of Communication, director of the Film and Media Arts division, and associate director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. He is an affiliate faculty with both the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLALS) and SIS’s Global Environmental Politics program. He teaches media production and theory/history. Several courses head into the field, including The Practice of Environmentalism: Galapagos and a summer session Classroom-in-the-Wild: Alaska, and a spring break CitW: Shenandoah Valley. He is also the co-author of the Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking (2009).

In pursuit of environmental, wildlife, and adventure stories, Engel has flown into hurricanes, been chased by tornadoes, and dropped into ice caves. He’s fled wildfires, gotten lost in jungles, overheated in Antarctica, and spent three years traveling the globe to come face to face with a lot of mummies.

He is a member of the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Directors-UK, International Documentary Association, UFVA, and the Mountaineering section of the Potomac Appalachia Trial Club.

His most recent film, Who Speaks for Nature?, premiered at the DC Environmental Film Festival and screened at the Latino San Francisco Film Festival. It was filmed entirely on a GoPro and an iPhone.

Current Projects

  • Kenilworth Justice Interactive Film Project


Jackson Wild Green Filmmaking Coalition

CILECT Sustainability Committee