Carol L Dysinger

Associate Professor

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Carol Dysinger is a filmmaker, writer, artist and educator, whose contemporary work offers a counter-narrative to traditional stories of conflict. She directed the short documentary Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) which won both the OSCAR® for best short documentary and the BAFTA for best short. It also won best documentary short from IDA and at Tribeca Film Festival 2019.

She is also known for her feature length documentary Camp Victory, Afghanistan. It premiered in competition at SXSW 2010, and played at the Museum of Modern Art Doc Fortnight and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Funded by Sundance Doc Fund and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the film later appeared on Public Television.

Prior to directing docs, Professor Dysinger edited many documentary and narrative features, including Deadline for Big Mouth Productions (Sundance, and NBC), Santitos for Springall Pix, John Sayles Exec (Sundance, Guadalajara, San Sebastian) and Punk (Warners) which was a finalist for a national Emmy®.

As a screenwriter in Los Angeles, she co-wrote scripts for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, and A Christmas Star for Disney. She wrote several independent features, including Burntown for HBO Independent.

She brings years of film editing and screenwriting to her work as a highly sought after documentary film editorial/story advisor. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild West. She recently received the Guggenheim Fellowship to continue her work on war and story.

She is the proud recipient of the David Payne Carter Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Documentary Project :Directing the Documentary
Doc  Skills : an  Overview of Documentary Methodologies