- Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television
Beverly Seckinger is Professor in the School of Theatre, Film & Television and former Interim Director (2008-2010) and Associate Director (2004-2008) of the School of Media Arts. She is a founding member of the UA Committee (now Institute) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, and since 1993 has directed the annual Lesbian Looks Film Series. She is now in the process of establishing a Center for Documentary at the University of Arizona, and is co-director of the DocScapes screening series. Seckinger received an M.F.A. in Radio-Television-Film from Temple University (1991), an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona (1987), and a B.A. in English and French from the University of Wyoming (magna cum laude, 1981).
Seckinger is currently completing Hippie Family Values, a feature-length documentary about hippie elders and their legacy in the southwest. The project is supported by an Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and a Research Fellowship from the Hanson Film Institute, in addition to funds raised through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.
Seckinger’s previous films have been screened on PBS, at international festivals in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America, and non-theatrically throughout the U.S. Her 2004 diary/documentary Laramie Inside Out, about the aftermath of Matthew Shepard's 1998 murder in her hometown community, had its U.S. broadcast premier on PBS in June 2007, and is distributed by New Day Films, Filmoption/Canada, and American Public Television. It has been screened at dozens of universities, conferences and community events across the country, and purchased for the permanent collections of nearly 400 colleges and universities.
Seckinger recently completed a two-year term as head of the Web Operations team for New Day Films, the leading filmmaker-owned distribution company for social issue documentaries, and formerly served as Head of Promotions (2010-12). She is also a longtime member and former officer and board member of the University Film & Video Association.