Maggie B. Stogner

Executive Director, Center For Environmental Filmmaking

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 recent “Upstream, Downriver” and 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. Impact Media Strategies research: Maggie is an executive member of Women in Film & Video, voting member of the National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, and a judge/reviewer for the Emmys, Jackson Wild, Wildscreen, ILCP, and other film and photography Awards.

Current Projects

  Expanding “Upstream, Downriver” to a feature-length documentary film about water justice and equity

  Science Video Student Fellowships with National Park Service, NASA, and NOAA

  Collaborations with the Center For Environmental Policy


Executive Member, Women in Film & Video

Impact Media, Jackson Wild Summit

Academy of TV Arts & Sciences

Advisory Board Member, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

New Day Films, Member/Filmmaker