Michelle Bauer Carpenter is an Associate Professor of Digital Design in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award-winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Her 2016 film Klocked: Women with Horsepower recently won a National Academy of Arts & Sciences Heartland Chapter Emmy for Excellence in Journalistic Enterprise. Klocked: Women with Horsepower was also awarded one international and three national awards and it has screened at numerous national and international film festivals including the Breckenridge Film Festival, Louisville International Festival of Film, The Motorcycle Film Festival in New York, NY, ACTION! International Film Festival in La Jolla, CA, The Madrid Motorcycle Film Festival in Madrid, Spain, Toronto Motorcycle Film festival among others. Klocked: Women with Horsepower began National PBS distribution in October 2016. It was featured for Women’s History Month on KCET, Los Angeles and KQED San Francisco, California.

Carpenter’s 2014 film, Driven to Ride has telecast 533 times on PBS, played on 222 channels in 93 markets, in 32 states, with a market penetration of 58% of United States households. 64% of Driven to Ride’s broadcasts have been in the top 25 US broadcast markets.

In 2012, her film about the catastrophic Fourmile fire titled Above the Ashes was awarded two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary and best program editing. The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television industry.

Film and design experience includes 23 years as a designer, director, producer, editor, cinematographer and production coordinator.

Work experience includes collaboration with grassroots organizations and larger institutions including INDEX: Design to Improve Life, the Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Roosevelt Institute, Human Rights Watch International, among others.


since 2010


“For a writer, it’s a word. For a composer or a musician it’s a note. For an editor or a filmmaker, it’s a frame.”
 Quentin Tarantino