Scott Schimmel, Faculty, School of Communications, UH Mānoa

Scott Schimmel

Assistant Professor
Office: Crawford 308
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-8782


I am a Hawaiʻi based environmental scientist and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. My films have explored topics such as the fight against poverty and hunger in North Carolina, the challenges of coastal sustainability in Belize, the triumph of overcoming the limitations of disability, and the struggles to adapt to a changing climate in Vanuatu. I have also produced content for a variety of clients including the BBC, Wake Forest University, and World Wildlife Fund. In addition to filmmaking I have worked internationally as a consultant and GIS analyst on environmental and climate related projects in the Western Pacific and Oceania.


  • MFA, Documentary Film, Wake Forest University, 2017
  • BS, Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia, 2009


Through my creative scholarship I seek new and innovative ways to use storytelling as a way to raise awareness of social and environmental issues and to encourage positive social change. I currently have several projects in various stages of production, including a transmedia project that asks what sustainability in practices means in Hawai‘i, a mixed media project that explores human-river interactions, and a short documentary that tells the story of a transgender couple who met through their mutual love of animals. I am also currently mentoring a student directed documentary film that examines pollution in the waters around Honolulu.