Project DU F.I.L.M.

Film Initiative Linking to Mentors

Project DU F.I.L.M. connects students with faculty, professional alumni and community partners to create, promote and distribute films while creating greater inclusivity in the filmmaking industry. We populate our casts and crews with people from traditionally underrepresented groups and we tell stories often sidelined by mainstream media.

Our Mission

Project DU F.I.L.M., the inclusive experiential filmmaking mentorship program started in 2015 by Professor Sheila E. Schroeder, is needed now more than ever. Recognizing industry-wide and cultural inequities, the mission of Project DU F.I.L.M. is to change the face of filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera by creating intentionally diverse stories and recruiting a variety of alumni and students to participate in creating inclusive media content. We place special emphasis on populating our cast and crews and subjects with people from traditionally underrepresented groups in an effort to level the playing field and provide meaningful career stepping stones.


Behind the Scenes at Project DU F.I.L.M.

"I thought to myself, how do I create the collaborative film community that I have always wanted? The idea of Project DU F.I.L.M. came to me in that moment."

—Sheila E. Schroeder, Founder of Project DU F.I.L.M.


Project DU F.I.L.M. Achievements

“Womanhood: The Series – Women in STEM”

"Womanhood: The Series" takes a comedic approach to the awkward and often taboo subjects that society likes to stigmatize. But our message is serious: Women rule and our stories shouldn’t be hidden like a tampon in a sock! Season 2 focuses on equity issues within the STEM world with scripts co-written by women in STEM and the filmmakers who will bring their stories to the screen.

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“Breaking the Turfgrass Ceiling” Web Series

"Breaking the Turfgrass Ceiling" — a documentary web series — goes behind the scenes at the US Women’s Open golf tournament to share the unique stories of women in the turfgrass industry. In this first-of-its-kind docu-series, 30 female turfgrass professionals break new ground in the industry as part of an all-volunteer crew helping care for the historic Pine Needles golf course.

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"Hunting Season"

In this short film critiquing the impact of toxic masculinity, a comedienne finds herself dangerously far from home when she takes a job entertaining a bar full of deer hunters.

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"Moving Pictures" Podcast

"Moving Pictures," the podcast of Project DU F.I.L.M., facilitates conversations around inclusive storytelling in the world of film.

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"Scary Lucy"

In this 2018 award winning short film, a risk averse comedienne with breast cancer makes it her mission to destroy a grotesque statue dedicated to her comedic idol, Lucille Ball.

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"Happy F-ing Valentine's Day"

Valentine’s Day provides the backdrop for this comedy short that asks the question: How can trying to do something so good turn out so f-ing wrong?

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“There’s a lot of theory that goes into filmmaking, and DU does a great job teaching that, but a lot of what I’ve learned since graduation is more of the technical stuff and what goes into working on a big crew. A project like this is a great way for these students to gain some of those skills and get a leg up when they’re ready to go out into the real world.”

Frazer Lockhart, Alumni, BA '08


Students from any major are invited to participate in Project DU F.I.L.M. You'll gain experience in directing, editing, acting, marketing, producing, makeup and more.


Alumni mentor students across all aspects of the filmmaking process. We are always looking for mentors in the field of filmmaking who are interested in sharing their expertise.


Actors, business owners and film enthusiasts are all encouraged to get in touch to learn more about Project DU F.I.L.M.



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