Dustin Zemel

Dustin R Zemel 

PhD Student in English



MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking, Montana State University, 2008
BA in Film and Media Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, 2002
BS in Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2002 

Area of Interest

Film and Media Arts, Documentary Film, Experimental Film, New Media, Digital Humanities


Dustin Zemel (Chicago, 1980) is a video artist exploring media literacy and novel approaches to nonfiction storytelling. In 2008 he received his MFA in science and natural history filmmaking from Montana State University, and moved to Portland, OR where he bacame immersed in a newfound passion for experimental film. He is the founder and former director of Grand Detour, a microcinema, curatorial group, and educational hub for experimental filmmakers and new media artists. In 2011 he was the recipient of Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council's prestigious "Innovation Prize" for his work on SCOOP 6PM, a seven channel interactive video installation. Currently he is pursuing a PhD at LSU as an EDA scholar studying experimental film and documentary. 

Awards & Honors

Economic Development Assistantship, Louisiana State University (four year funding award), 2012
Visiting Documentary Filmmaker, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA (January-April), 2012
Shred of Lights Residency, Worksound, Portland, OR (September-December), 2011
RACC Innovation Prize for SCOOP 6PM, 2011
RACC Project Grant for SCOOP 6PM, 2011
One month residency to develop Multiscreen piece, PLACE Gallery, 2010
Two week residency, Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY, 2009
Artist in Residency, Northwest Documentary, Portland, OR, 2009