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Women Who Doc: From Cocaine Submarines to Colorado History

Join us for the first installment of a new speaker series: "Documenting the World: DU Alumni Reflect on Their Careers in Documentary Filmmaking." 

MFJS alumnae Mariel Rodriguez-McGill and Shannon Umetani will speak to their experiences as female filmmakers in a male-dominated field.

Click here for more information and our online registration portal. Stay tuned for information about upcoming events as a part of this speaker series!

What: Women Who Doc: From Cocaine Submarines to Colorado History,featuring documentary filmmakers Mariel Rodriguez-McGill and Shannon Umetani
Where: The Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building
             Room 117
             2490 S. Gaylord St.
             Denver, CO 80210
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 6:30 -8:30 p.m.


The Documenting the World speaker series is a Marsico-funded project designed to highlight the careers of MFJS alumni and to build connections between alumni and students. Documentary film has provided many outlets and career opportunities for our alumni, and it is our pleasure to celebrate this profession over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year. Stay tuned for information about upcoming events as a part of this series!

Contact Emily Kintigh with questions at [email protected] or 303-871-2166.

Speaker Information

Mariel Rodriguez-McGillMariel Rodriguez-McGill is an Emmy Award-Winning creative producer, director, and editor focused on documentary filmmaking with a passion for telling inspirational and compelling stories. While at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver, Colorado, Mariel helped develop the web-series Great Ingredients, and the historical documentary series Colorado Experience. Currently at the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Mariel serves as the Deputy Film Commissioner for the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media. Mariel received a BA from Boston College and holds a Masters Degree from University of Denver in Media, Film & Journalism Studies.

Shannon UmetaniShannon Umetani graduated summa cum laude from the University of Denver in 2005 with a degree in communications and a concentration in film and video production. Her short documentary, Born in Exile: The Future of Tibet, won first place in the student filmmaker division at the Crested Butte Film Festival. She has worked on documentaries for the National Geographic Channel, a TV series for the Weather Channel and a number of commercial projects. She spent 5 years as the Associate Producer of Warren Miller Entertainment's annual skiing and snowboarding feature films. During her time at Warren Miller, Shannon was involved in all facets of the production from coordinating shoot logistics to managing post-production workflows. She now freelance produces commercials, web and TV series and consults on independent narrative films and documentaries. Shannon is married to her high school sweetheart and has three small children.

Joe Brown v. The STate of Wisconsin: A Documentary Filmmaker's Suit to Film on Public Lands

Join the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies for "Joe Brown v. the state of Wisconsin: A Documentary Filmmaker's Suit to Film on Public Lands," the second event in our Documenting the World Speaker Series. 

In 2017 MFJS alum and Marquette professor Joe Brown filed a lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin to challenge laws that prohibited filming on public lands. Brown, along with his lawyer and DU professor Justin Marceau, will speak about what led to the suit and the challenges documentary filmmakers can face. "A screening of Brown's short documentary series, "Operation Wolf Patrol," and excerpts from his in-progress feature film, "Strong Hearts: The Story of Rod Coronado's Wolf Patrol," will follow the conversation.

Click here for more information and our online registration portal. Stay tuned for information about upcoming events as a part of this speaker series!

What: Joe Brown v. the state of Wisconsin: A Documentary Filmmaker's Suit to Film on Public Lands, featuring documentary filmmaker Joe Brown and lawer Justin Marceau.
Where: The Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building
             Room 117
             2490 S. Gaylord St.
             Denver, CO 80210
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

Contact Emily Kintigh with questions at [email protected] or 303-871-2166.

Speaker Information

Joe Brown HeadshotJoe Brown is an independent producer of film and video. His films have screened at the Birmingham Sidewalk Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Aurora Picture Show, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, and multiple other venues. Brown directed the Colorado Environmental Film Festival from 2007 to 2010, served as the Creative Producer of the Broadcast Education Associations of Media Arts in 2012 and 2013, and is currently a Board Member At Large with the University Film and Video Association (UFVA). Brown has been awarded numerous fellowships, including a Harvard Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a Flaherty Film Seminar Fellowship, and a Southern Environmental Law Center Fellowship.

Justin Marceau HeadshotJustin Marceau joined the College of Law in 2008. The focus of his teaching and scholarship includes criminal law, criminal procedure, federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, habeas corpus, the death penalty, and animal law. Professor Marceau remains an active litigator. He has represented capital prisoners, non-capital prisoners, individuals and a variety of professional organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. He works on cutting edge constitutional, civil rights and criminal cases.