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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

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Faculty & Staff

Sheila Schroeder, PhD

Sheila SchroederOffice Location: Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building, Room 108

Phone: 303-871-4701


About: Dr. Sheila E. Schroeder has been making films for 30+ years, most recently as the creator of Project DU F.I.L.M. (film initiative linking mentors). The goal of Project DU F.I.L.M. is to change the face of filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera by creating intentionally diverse stories and recruiting a variety of alumni and students to participate in making short films together. This experiential mentorship program has resulted in two completed award-winning films, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day, a short narrative about unlikely cupids, and Scary Lucy, a short comedy about Lucille Ball, statues and breast cancer. Dr. Schroeder's films span genre (documentaries and narratives) and form (short to feature) and have played in nearly 100 film festivals across the globe.

Office Hours, Fall Quarter 2020: Dr. Schroeder is on sabbatical this quarter and is not holding office hours. 

Selected Classes: 

  • MFJS 2150: Scriptwriting
  • MFJS 3215/4470: Introduction to Field Production and Editing
  • MFJS 3221/4221: Documentary Film/Video Production II
  • MFJS 3219/4219: Documentary Film/Video Production I
  • MFJS 3218/4218: Narrative Filmmaking I
  • MFJS 3220/4220 Narrative Filmmaking II
  • MFJS 3223 Advanced Editing


  • PhD, Indiana University (1999)
  • MA, Indiana University (1992)
  • BA, Valparaiso University (1986)

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Scary Lucy - Screenplay (2017/18)
    • Grand Prize Winner – Nevada International Film Festival, 2018
    • Grand Prize Winner – American Movie Awards
  • Scary Lucy - Film (2018) 
    • Official Selection – Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival
    • Official Selection – Out on Film, Atlanta LGBTQ Film Festival
    • Official Selection – World Wide Women's Film Festival
  • Happy F-ing Valentine's Day - Film (2016)
    • Audience Award - Longmont Front Range Film Festival
    • Audience Choice Award – Lyons Film Festival
    • Best Short Comedy – Kansas LGBT Film Festival
    • Best Short Narrative – Dallas Video Festival
    • Best Short Narrative – Desperado LGBT Film Festival 


 Find out more about Dr. Schroeder from her Faculty Spotlight article, featured in the Spring 2019 issue of the MFJS Newsletter: Faculty Spotlight: Sheila Schroeder.