Visiting Assistant Professor, English
Screenwriting; digital storytelling; sound design; and film history/theory/practice.

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Richard Pelster-Wiebe makes movies at the intersections of documentary, collage, sound art, and the essay.

His award-winning work has screened widely at international venues including IFF Rotterdam, Media City Film Festival, Marseille Festival of Documentary Film (FIDMarseille), Festival du nouveau cinéma, UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and several others. He is the recipient of grants from the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Iowa Arts Council.

Richard teaches at the Minnesota Prison Writing Program, Macalester College, and Hamline University. His teaching and moviemaking are influenced by interests in DIY methods of production, deep listening, history, memory, and the fragility of life.

Richard holds a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He received his PhD in Cinematic Arts from the University of Iowa where he was a Crossing Borders Fellow.

Areas of Study:

  • screenwriting
  • digital storytelling
  • sound design
  • film history/theory/practice

Fall 2021 Course:

  • ENGL 284-01 Crafts of Writing: Screenwriting