BS Visual Journalism
Karin Stellwagen earned a BS in Chemistry-Physics from Tufts University in 1985 and with a MA in Visual Anthropology 1994 from the University of Southern California Los Angeles. Karin is a documentary filmmaker who has been teaching at Brooks Institute since 2006. She teaches intermediate and advanced documentary courses, supervises independent film projects and serves as consulting producer for the Brooks international documentary trips.
Karin’s students have garnered industry notice at both local and international film festivals for work completed under her mentorship. The alumni project Stigma won the Documentary Spirit Award at the Awareness film festival in Los Angeles (May 2012) and Sin Fronteras, an advanced student project, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner (May 2012).
Karin’s professional experience includes national television series and cutting-edge video installations for major museums around the world. Among her film production credits are New Heroes for PBS, Hannibal for the History Channel, Wright Brothers for PBS Nova, Rocket Challenge for Discovery, and Bataan Rescue for PBS American Experience.
Stellwagen has served as production manager for world-renowned video artist Bill Viola, working on featured installations at major international museums including the National Gallery in London, the LA County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Museum.
In addition to teaching at Brooks, Stellwagen is an active member of the independent film community in Southern California, working as a consulting producer on several projects as well as serving as a documentary juror for the Ojai Film Festival.