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James Phelan

  • Film & Television


Primary Phone:303-315-7417

Began in NY with Wm. Esty Advertising, then N. Lee Lacy in Los Angeles Ca. as Line Producer, moved to Colorado, after working at the Summervail Art Workshop in 1972, to run Barbre Productions, bought by the ABC television company. I left after bringing that company into the black to start Phelan Productions Inc. for 40 years than decided to teach.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Streets of New York, plus 40 years as a professional filmmaker
Doctor of cinematography and film; people and story telling


Clio, Emmys, many Telly's and Art Director awards from multiple cities. American Advertising Federation creative award, plus many more awards for creative


AICP National Vice President, President of AICP Western Region, President of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Chairman of The Denver International Film Festival and Society. Founder and past President of the Colorado Film and Video Association. Vice President of the Mountain region ofor The National Association of Television Arts and Sciences

"A Feral World" Wins at Southeast Regional Film Festival

Film & Television Chair David Liban's post-apocalyptic film, "A Feral World", is scheduled for release on Amazon and iTunes for September 22nd!

Feral Honors

  • Winner, Best Sci-Fi Feature at the Southeastern Regional Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Actor at the Southeastern Regional Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Actress at the Southeastern Regional Film Festival
  • Official Selection of the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival

"Fresh Tracks" at Vail Film Festival

CU Denver faculty and filmmaker Hans Rosenwinkel's film, "Fresh Tracks", a documentary about the first U.S. amputee skier and his design that launched the adaptive skiing movement, is up for Best Documentary at the Vail Film Festival.

New Documentary by FITV Faculty Roma Sur and Jessica McGaugh

When the ancient Indian beats of Odissi combine with the rhythms of the West African Djembe and the vibrant Spanish Flamenco, a new kind of sound is born. Jessica McGaugh and Roma Sur have partnered on the new documentary, "Three Worlds, One Stage".


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Meet CAM Faculty Member Edward Tyndall

What are Edward Tyndall's favorite movies? Get to know new Film & Television faculty member Edward Tyndall in his Q&A.

Bollywood Connections: Film & Television in India

Ten Film & Television students, led by Roma Sur, traveled to Mumbai, India to collaborate with India’s top film school to produce a bi-lingual short film in “Bollywood”, the movie capital of the eastern hemisphere.