Erin Espelie is a filmmaker, writer, researcher, and editor, whose films have shown at the New York Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Natural History Museum in London, Anthology Film Archives, the British Film Institute, CPH:DOX, the Imagine Science Film Festival, the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and more.

She currently serves as Editor in Chief of Natural History magazine and works at the University of Colorado Boulder as associate director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and an assistant professor in Film Studies & Critical Media Practices.

What is your interest at the intersection of sciences and film?

My moving-image work spans the poetic and the scientific, which as the astronaut Mae Jemison said are both avatars of human creativity. So by exploring metamorphosis, or the effects of time on a planet, on a landscape, on an archival interview, on a historic icon, on a medium, or on a species (like a hummingbird or a human), then I can better understand where we’ve been, where we are, and where we might be headed—all inevitably different iterations of the same materials, subjects, and meanings.


Denver, Colorado, United States

Selected Works