Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television
Professor, Social / Cultural / Critical Theory – GIDP
Marshall Bldg, Room 229
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, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981).
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 working to establish a Center for Documentary at the University of Arizona, and is co-director of the DocScapes screening series, a collaborative project of the Center for Documentary initiative and the Hanson Film Institute. In 2017 she created DocVisions, a community outreach program that teaches basic documentary skills to UA honors students from various majors, who then mentor refugee and immigrant teens in media production. She is currently developing a course on Documentary Media and Human Rights for the new online graduate program in Human Rights Practice.
Her new film Hippie Family Values, a feature-length documentary about hippie elders and their legacy in the southwest, premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival in February 2018. The project was 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. The film is distributed to the educational market by New Day Films.
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 served as head of the Web Operations team (2014-16) and Head of Promotions (2010-12) for New Day Films, the leading filmmaker-owned distribution company for social issue documentaries. She is also a longtime member and former officer and board member of the University Film & Video Association. She spent four years in Morocco, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer English teacher (1981-83), and then as a literacy researcher (1985-86), and served as a USAID-Women in Development consultant in Tunisia (1993, 1994).