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

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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Why are foundations, individuals and now states pouring more money into the media? The answer is very simple. Without credible news and information, and thus a public that’s at least somewhat informed about the uses and abuses of power, a healthy democracy is not possible.


Coverage of arming teachers

Over that last eight years, interest in arming teachers with guns is the result of school shootings. News coverage and Google searches reflect these trends. 

Blogs

Most Recent Posts

30,000 across from White House demand 'families belong together'

The Trump administration missed the first of two deadlines to reunite children separated from their parents. The action came after public backlash mounted, and a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border within 30 days. More than 30,000 people rallied in Washington on June 30 to demand the Trump administration reunite families immediately.

Newspaper circulation plummets — again

Newspaper circulation plummeted again last year, following the trend of decreased distribution since the early 2000s, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Wednesday.

What we're reading: recent investigations from across the country

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The U.S. banking industry reported record profits of $56 billion in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of more than 27 percent over the same time last year, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Giving data journalism a second shot

Flying from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., for an internship was a nerve-racking way to start my year. But that jump for a data journalism internship with The Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University was the best choice I’ve made this year.

Partners

Workshop Partners

We publish online and in print, teaming up with other news organizations. We recently aired "Blackout in Puerto Rico," a co-production of FRONTLINE, NPR and the Workshop. We also recently produced an IRW Interactive, "Nightmare Bacteria: Life Without Antibiotics," a compilation of several programs on antibiotic-resistance done with the FRONTLINE team based at the Workshop and the School of Communication.

Our graduate students are working as researchers and reporters with The Washington Post's investigative team. We recently published stories with the Post on Trump merchandise, police shootings and fired officers.

Over the years, we have teamed with msnbc and later NBC News online to produce our BankTracker series and stories on the economy. We also co-produced the first season of "Years of Living Dangerously," a documentary series and Emmy Award-winning program that aired on Showtime. Learn more on our partners page.

Projects

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.