Larry Kirkman

Producer & Writer

Larry Kirkman is a filmmaker-in-residence in the Investigative Reporting Workshop, where he produced the interactive documentary, Nightmare Bacteria: Life Without Antibiotics. Currently, he is executive producer of the TV series, Freelancers with Bill Gentile, and is producing documentaries on the March for Science and public policy. He is a professor of Film and Media Arts on sabbatical in 2018 and retiring in 2019 after 18 years at American University, where he was dean of the School of Communication from 2001 to 2012.   His work in media for public knowledge and action includes television documentaries, social advertising campaigns, online journalism projects, and strategic communications and issue advocacy for nonprofit organizations.    He was executive director of the Benton Foundation from 1989 to 2001 and AFL-CIO Labor Institute of Public Affairs from 1982 to 1989.  At Benton, he produced the Advocacy Video Conference in 1993, bringing together 300 media makers from 17 countries. He was the first director for TV and Video at the American Film Institute, where he produced the National Video Festival in 1981.  Learn more about his productions, publications and career at