Brent E. Huffman
Assistant Professor of journalism, Northwestern University, Medill
Huffman is an award-winning director, writer, and cinematographer of documentaries and television programs. His work ranges from documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, NBC, CNN, PBS and Al Jazeera, to Sundance Film Festival premieres, to ethnographic films made for the China Exploration and Research Society. He has also directed, produced, shot, and edited short documentaries for online outlets like TIME, Salon, Huffington Post, and PBS Arts.
He has been making social issue documentaries and environmental films for more than a decade in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. These films have gone on to win numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy, Best Conservation Film-Jackson Hole, Best Documentary-Fresno, three Cine Golden Eagle Awards, a College Emmy, a Student Academy Award, and a Grand Jury Award at AFI's Silverdocs.
Huffman was also an editor of Julia Reichert's and Steven Bognar's Primetime Emmy winning PBS documentary series A Lion in the House about children battling cancer. Huffman is also a writer whose work has been featured in CNN, Asia Society Online, Tricycle Magazine, Bust Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, FRONTLINE, and The China Digital Times. He recently completed a book about his experiences in China called Life in the Heart of China: Diary from a Forbidden World.
In 2009, Huffman covered Vortex 2, the world's largest tornado research project for NBC and The Weather Channel. Most recently, he completed the documentary The Colony for Al Jazeera about China in Africa.