Filmmaking Team

Sheila E. Schroeder, Director/Producer

Sheila is an award winning documentarian whose five films have screened in front of audiences from Mumbai to San Francisco and on television where her 2006 short, Crunch! currently humors audiences of The Documentary Channel.  She carries her filmmaking mission “to amplify the voices of marginalized people,” into the classroom where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. Sheila Profile Photo

Woodstock West is a story that came to her when two students created a short video magazine package about the event in 1999. The project has been marinating ever since. Five years ago she received funding to search the Colorado Historical Society’s archives for film footage shot by local TV stations and to transfer that footage to a digital form. With a sabbatical during the 2010-2011 academic year, she will focus her efforts on the film, as she examines archives, reads the papers of Chancellor Maurice Mitchell, culls through thousands of photos and interviews alumni about the event.


Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Assistant Producer

Ever since Mariel picked up her father’s VHS Magnavox camcorder in the mid-1990s, she finds being behind the camera both a creative and fun outlet. After graduating from Boston College with a B.A. in Communication, Mariel went on to the University of Denver’s M.A. program in the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies where she is soaking up as much information on film-making as possible.

mariel with steadycam

In the past few years, Mariel has had an opportunity to produce her own show for CityLine at WCVB-Boston, intern for Teton Gravity Research in Wyoming, and work on two films, Love Heels, a documentary film about educating others through drag queen performances, and Whores & Legends, a narrative film about finding yourself, and love, through karaoke. She is currently working on her thesis project about women and the sport of fly fishing.