Sheila Schroeder

Sheila E. Schroeder

Associate Professor

What I do

My passion is to facilitate learning and connection through inclusive creative expression. As a cross-genre, social issues storyteller my filmmaking has focused on telling stories with women and members of the LBGTQ communities at the center in an effort to change the face of filmmaking in front of and behind the camera.


Professional Biography

As a filmmaker, activist and filmmaking educator, thinking critically about the world and creating work with a point of view is my first priority and a message I pass along to my students. I ask them to create art that matters to them.
I have done this throughout my career as a social issues filmmaker working across genres and in all roles from screenwriter to director, producer, editor and film set caterer. I have screened my films in festivals across the globe and received numerous awards for screenwriting and for my short narrative projects.
In 2015 I started Project DU F.I.L.M. (film initiative linking mentors) designed to create mentorship opportunities for students while working alongside alumni as we make films together. Since its inception, we’ve produced two films while involving over 40 students, 20 alumni mentors and 4000+ volunteer hours. The program is changing the face of filmmaking as our stories feature women, people of color and LGBT community members in front of and behind the camera.


  • Ph.D., Critical Cultural Studies, Indiana University, 1999
  • MA, Indiana University, 1992
  • BA, Journalism, Valparaiso University, 1986

Professional Affiliations

  • University Film and Video Association
  • Women in Film and Media - Colorado
  • Broadcast Education Association

Media Sources


I am a filmmaker focused on films that question the status quo, that feature concerns about women, people of color and queer communities.

Key Projects

  • Scary Lucy Film -Project DU F.I.L.M


Hunting Season (screenplay)
Scary Lucy (movie)
Happy F-ing Valentine's Day -- Screenplay
Scary Lucy (Screenplay)

The screenplay was accepted for the festivals through a peer review process.

Happy F-ing Valentine's Day (movie)

This list reflects all the the film festivals and awards currently garnered by the first film from Project DU F.I.L.M. (film initiative linking mentors).


  • "The Six Word/Six Shot Fiction Film as Teaching Tool"
  • Best practices in engaged and Inclusive Production classrooms
  • Representation and Inclusivity in Post-Production
  • Film, Mentorship and Inclusivity: Changing the face of film one Happy F-ing Valentine's Day at a time


  • Best Short Comedy Film, Kansas LGBT Film Festival
  • Harvey Milk LGBT Activism Award, Colorado Representative Paul Rosenthal
  • Best Short Narrative, Dallas Video Fest
  • Best Short Narrative, Desperado LGBT Film Festival
  • Best Short Screenplay, Broad Humor Film Festival