Maggie has over 30 years of documentary filmmaking experience. She is the new executive director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University where she teaches film and media arts, and she produces award-winning films and immersive media through her production company, Blue Bear Films, Previously, she was at National Geographic where she was the Senior Producer of the award-winning series, EXPLORER. She is an executive member of Women in Film and Video, and is a National Emmy judge of finalists in the Best Documentary and Best Natural History categories. 

Maggie Burnette Stogner, Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, has been directing, producing, and writing award-winning documentaries for over 30 years and is founder of the independent production company, Blue Bear Films Her recent work includes the powerful independent documentary In the Executioner’s Shadow about justice, injustice and the death penalty, and the broadcast documentary Gold Mountain that reveals the real stories of pioneering Chinese in the old West. She also does media design and production for world-touring museum exhibitions, including: The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great; Roads of Arabia; Tutankhamun and the Golden Pharaohs; Real Pirates; Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures; and, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology with Harrison Ford.

Previously, Maggie was the Senior Producer of National Geographic’s weekly award-winning documentary showcase Explorer, producing and overseeing more than 200 films over a decade. 

She is a professor of film and media arts at American University’s School of Communication in Washington D.C. where she teaches Documentary Production, Directing and Writing, Producing the Historical Documentary, and Social Impact Filmmaking. She was recently appointed Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

Maggie earned her graduate degree from Stanford University in Communication/Documentary Film. She is a voting member of the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. She serves as a judge for finalists in the “Best Documentary” and “Best National History” categories of the Nonfiction Emmy Awards, is a Distinguished Judge for the CINE Golden Eagles, and is an executive member of Women and Film in Video in Washington D.C.

Films by Maggie Burnette Stogner

In the Executioner's Shadow

In the Executioner’s Shadow draws viewers into riveting personal stories: the rare perspective of a former state executioner who nearly executes an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to decide what justice really means; and the parents of a murder victim who face abandoning their values or fighting for the life of their daughter’s killer. As the battle to overturn capital punishment comes to a head in the U.S., this provocative film challenges viewers to question their deepest beliefs about justice. (License fee includes 54 min. and 40 min. versions, plus outreach materials.)