Susanne Schwibs

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information

  • Office:
    RTV 306
  • Office Hours:
    Tuesday 12:30-230PM & by appointment
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  • Research and Creative Interests

    filmmaking, visual storytelling, documentary, experimental, 16mm & super-8 film,


    I teach documentary, experimental, and 16mm filmmaking.  In collaboration with the Jacobs School of Music, I organize the annual Double Exposure project: teams of student filmmakers and student composers prepare short films that are screened at the IU Cinema with live music accompaniment. 

    As a filmmaker, I specialize in documentaries dealing with the arts, music, history and the American landscape.  My work can be seen on public television and a number of them are distributed nationally through PBS, APT or Netflix and have won Regional Emmys and CINE Golden Eagles.  Some of my long-form docs are: Along the Wabash (2016), Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution (2015), Wilderness Plots in Concert (2011), Harp Dreams: Inside the USA International Harp Competition (2010), Wilderness Plots: Songs and Stories of the Prairie (2008), American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh (2008), Beaux Arts at 50 (2005), Spanning Time: America’s Covered Bridges (2004), No Compromise: Lessons in Feminist Art with Judy Chicago (2002), and Sugarplum Dreams: Staging the Nutcracker Ballet (2001).


    • P360/C560 16mm Motion Picture Production
    • P433 Developing the Documentary
    • P434 Documentary Production
    • P435 Documentary Filmmaking—Theory and Practice
    • P438/C638 Experiments with the Film Camera
    • P460/C660 Advanced Production—Double Exposure