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Michelle Carpenter

CHAIR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Visual Arts (CAM)

Email Address:
michelle.carpenter@ucdenver.edu
Phone Number:

303-315-1505


Michelle Bauer Carpenter is an Associate Professor of Digital Design in the College of Arts
& Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Carpenter has produced, directed and edited
award-winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have screened in
numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Enough White Teacups
Carpenter’s latest film is screening both nationally and internationally and has won five
prestigious awards including Best Foreign Film Award at the American Conservation Film
Festival, Best Success Story at the Ekotopfilm/ Envirofilm in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Kodiak
Award at the Alaska International Film Festival, Best Environmental Film at the Nevada International Film Festival
and an Advocacy Award at the Lyons Film Festival.

Her 2016 film Klocked: Women with Horsepower won a National Academy of Arts &
Sciences Heartland Chapter Emmy for Excellence in Journalistic Enterprise. Klocked: Women
with Horsepower was also awarded three national awards including an Award of Excellence
Feature Documentary, an Award of Recognition Women Filmmaker from the Hollywood
International Independent Documentary Awards, Winner in the category of Best Sports
Documentary at the Louisville International Festival of Film and Winner Best Action Sports
Film at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver. It has screened at numerous
national and international film festivals including the Breckenridge Film Festival, Louisville
International Festival of Film, The Motorcycle Film Festival in New York, NY, ACTION!
International Film Festival in La Jolla, CA, The Madrid Motorcycle Film Festival in Madrid,
Spain, Toronto Motorcycle Film festival among others. Klocked: Women with Horsepower
began National PBS distribution in October 2016. It was featured for Women’s History Month
on KCET, Los Angeles and KQED San Francisco, California. Carpenter’s 2014 film, Driven to
Ride has telecast 533 times on PBS, played on 222 channels in 93 markets, in 32 states, with
a market penetration of 58% of United States households. 64% of Driven to Ride’s
broadcasts have been in the top 25 US broadcast markets.

In 2012, her film about the catastrophic Fourmile fire titled Above the Ashes was awarded two
prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary
and best program editing. The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television
industry.

Carpenter’s creative research consists of two distinct styles of art making: traditional narrative
video and experimental video documentary. The content of her work is driven by and created
in response to primary experiences in her life. She draws from personal experiences to
develop documentaries, experimental single-channel videos or video installations that
encourage discourse on difficult subject matters, including the Fourmile fire, domestic
violence, women’s body issues, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Digital Video and Motion Graphics