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Dr. Matt Jenkins is a Professor of Communication at Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma

where he teaches television, documentary and narrative production, both for studio and field

applications.  His commitment to student success is evident through his continual efforts to

expand student learning and production opportunities by establishing new courses, workshops,

and productions utilizing the latest technology, concepts and current media trends.  He is noted

for creating the "Producing the Documentary" course, an intensive exercise in the research,

writing, producing and premiering of an independent documentary by students that has

garnered extensive media attention throughout the mid-west.  Past student documentaries have

won awards at such festivals as the Boomtown Music and Film Festival, the Arlo Guthrie Folk

Festival, the Trail Dance Film Festival, and the Southern Winds Film Festival.  His connectivity

between student and subject has earned Dr. Jenkins distinction among his peers with

his receiving the prestigious “Hackler Award for Teaching Excellence” and induction into the

faculty Hall of Fame.

 

Dr. Jenkins’ dedication to the advancement of education is rivaled only by his passion for

documentary and independent filmmaking.  Dr. Jenkins’ has written, directed and

produced over 20 documentaries and films that have premiered and received awards at various

festivals across the country.  Additionally, Dr. Jenkins has created numerous Corporate/Industrial

videos for such companies as Archer Western Contractors, Halliburton, and Tyson Foods, as

well as having participated in documentaries for The History Channel and The Sundance

Channel.  It is this creative process and the chance to have an impact on audiences and on

society in general that fuels Dr. Jenkins’ enthusiasm for independent production.

 

Selected awards and accolades:

Documentaries:

      Pray’s Passion

Best of Festival award at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival

Best Documentary honors at the Bare Bones International Film Festival.

 

      B and Below: We’re Not in Hollywood Anymore

Videoscope magazine called it: “...well produced...an interesting and entertaining

documentary…”  Entertainment Insiders said “B and Below makes us believe

that the Corman tradition still infects the minds and hearts of film lovers everywhere.”

 

      The U.S.S. Nautilus: Historical Treasures of Our Past

Premiered at the Greenwich International Film Festival

Films:

      The Last Dive

Best SCI FI Film at the Trail Dance Film Festival

1st  Place - Suspense/Thriller Short category at The Indie Gathering Film Festival

Top Awards and Selections at Bare Bones Film Festival, Tupelo Film Festival,

Berkeley Video and Film Festival and the American International Film and Video

Festival

      Mirror Man

Official selections at Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, the International Festival

of Cinema and Technology World Tour, and Short TV. 

 

Of equal importance to education and professional success is Dr. Jenkins’ commitment and

service to the local community.  Dr. Jenkins enjoys working with area high schools to promote

media and education awareness and to establish and improve student production opportunities. 

Additional projects include: creation of a high school production studio and programming,

working with soldiers at the local army post and taping/editing memory videos for Hospice                           patients. 

 

With over 20 years of experience in both the collegiate and corporate environments, Dr. Jenkins

continues to be an innovator and driving force for advanced education, community service

and independent production on a nationwide basis.