Hank Rogerson is a director, writer, and actor who works in both fiction and nonfiction film. His film Shakespeare Behind Bars had its world premiere in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival. The film picked up 11 awards on the festival circuit, was broadcast worldwide, and had a theatrical run of more than 25 U.S. cities. Rogerson also co-produced, directed, and edited Homeland, an award-winning PBS documentary about four families on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, as well as Circle of Stories, a multimedia project that brings to life the vibrant art of Native American storytelling online on www.pbs.org. He recently completed the feature film version of Circle of Stories, an educational DVD that had its world premiere in San Francisco in 2010 as part of the Bioneers Conference (an international conference on solutions to environmental and social problems). He is now completing his latest feature-length documentary Still Dreaming.
Rogerson has also worked as a freelance writer, director, and producer within the film industry and is a two-time Sundance Institute Fellow. His freelance work has included directing, writing, and producing for Discovery Channel and NBC. As an actor, Rogerson has appeared in films, television shows, commercials, and theatre productions. Most recently, he acted in the television shows In Plain Sight, Crash, and ABC’s Scoundrels.
Rogerson has taught filmmaking at the University of California, the Sundance Institute, and workshops around the United States.
Sundance Film Fest Documentary Competition, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Best in Show, BendFilm Festival, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Special Jury Prize, Independent Film Fest of Boston, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Audience Award, Orinda Film Fest, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Best Documentary, Ojai Film Festival, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Best Documentary, Bethel Film Fest, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Feature Film Award, Rivers Edge Fest, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Best Documentary and Directors Choice Awards, Bluegrass Independent Film Festival, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Best Spiritual Documentary, Beliefnet Film Awards, Shakespeare Behind Bars
Best Feature Documentary, Fargo Film Fest, Homeland
Audience Award for Best Documentary, AFI FEST, Homeland
Best Short Documentary, Nashville Independent Film Festival, Homeland
Best Short Documentary, American Indian Film Festival, Bless Me With a Good Life
As a teacher, I strive to give students the opportunities to discover their voice and what it is they want to say, and I encourage students to find ways in which they can create work that constructively contributes to their communities and the world.
Courses Taught: Production Explorations; Creative Development and Producing for Film & TV; Making Dynamic Films; Acting for Directors; Community Action Project; Documentary Storytelling; Advanced Producing and Financing
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