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Douglas Heil, M.F.A.

Office: A/C W206Doug Heil
Phone: (920) 424-3134

M.F.A. in Film, Northwestern University
B.A. in Rhetoric (English), University of Illinois.


Douglas Heil, a Distinguished Professor, teaches courses in media aesthetics, narrative scriptwriting, film production, and career preparation. He is a recipient of the UW-System Regents Teaching Excellence Award, and at UW Oshkosh, he has been awarded the John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship, the Distinguished Teaching Award and the TRISS Endowed Professorship.

Within production, Heil produced the independent feature film Another Yesterday, and composed the music and lyrics to the song central to the story’s mystery. The film has won over 30 international awards, including Best Film of the Festival at the Manhattan Rep’s STORIES Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the New York Film Awards, Best LGBTQ+ Film at the Global Independent Film Awards, and Best Drama at the Los Angeles Film Awards. (His song “Another Yesterday” has won Best Original Song at the Queen Palm International Film Festival, the American Tracks Music Awards International Contest, and the Festigious International Film Festival).

His McFarland-published book The Art of Stereography: Rediscovering Vintage Three-Dimensional Images took First Place in the Fine Art/Photography category of the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. His earlier book Prime-Time Authorship: Works About and by Three TV Dramatists was published through Syracuse University Press. Essays and creative work have appeared in Writing & Pedagogy, Stereo World, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Creative Screenwriting, The Pacific Review, Journal of Film and Video, Film & History, and Literature/Film Quarterly.

He was also writer/producer/director/cinematographer/editor/composer for the short film So Much That We Share, which won the Silver Award for Best Community Relations Video at the Quasar Awards in New York City. In addition, he was writer/producer for the short film The Story of the Cat, which won over 10 awards and aired on HBO, Cinemax and Showtime. Seven songs from his musical Jason & Media: What Really Happened have received citations at national songwriting competitions. His satire “Obnoxious Obfuscation” has also received a national citation.