Beverly Seckinger

Professor (School of Theatre, Film & Television)

Beverly Seckinger is Professor in the School of Theatre, Film & Television.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Human Rights Practice graduate program, is a founding member of the UA Institute for LGBT Studies, and since 1993 has directed the annual Lesbian Looks Film Series
In 2014, Seckinger launched an interdisciplinary initiative to establish a Center for Documentary at the University of Arizona, and directs the DocScapes screening and workshop series, a collaborative project with the Hanson FilmTV Institute.  In 2017 she created DocVisions, a community outreach program that teaches basic documentary skills to UA students from diverse majors, who in turn mentor refugee and immigrant teens in media production.  She also teaches the course Advancing Human Rights through Documentary Media for the UA's online graduate program in Human Rights Practice, which recently launched a new Graduate Certificate in Human Rights and Documentary Media.  
Since 2004 Seckinger has been a member-owner of New Day Films, the leading filmmaker-owned distribution company for social issue documentaries, and has served on the Steering Committee as head of the Web Operations team (2014-16) and Head of Promotions (2010-12). Her films Hippie Family Values, a feature-length documentary about three generations at a back-to-the-land community in rural New Mexico, and Laramie Inside Out, about the aftermath of Matthew Shepard's 1998 murder in her hometown community, are distributed to educational institutions through New Day. She is also a longtime member and former officer and board member of the University Film & Video Association.