Michelle Bauer Carpenter is an Assistant 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.

Michelle’s prior non-profit work experience with Free Speech TV includes collaboration with grassroots organizations and larger institutions including the Getty Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Roosevelt Institute, Human Rights Watch International, among others. She has received numerous grants including her recent Colorado Council on the Grant and Arts Fellowship.

Driven to Ride
Since the 1870′s women have been Driven to Ride… Two-wheeled vehicles gave women a first real taste of the wild thrill found in unfettered mobility. Victorian Age corsets and billowing skirts were set aside as riding unleashed the power hidden within and the freedom to give that power pursuit. Driven to Ride is a documentary that explores the unstoppable spirit and diversity of women motorcycle riders. Riders featured in the documentary include Betsy Huelskamp, Erin Doherty-Ratay, Masyn Moyer, Janice Ferrante, Debra Conroy and Julie Graff.

To date Driven to Ride has broadcast in 28 states, on 185 channels in 80 markets with 333 telecasts. According to the 2013-2014 Nielsen Media Research television market and station rankings, 56% of Driven to Ride’s national broadcasts have been in the top 25 television markets. Driven to Ride was entered in three categories of the Primetime Academy of Television Arts & Sciences National Emmy competition and it was also nominated for a regional Heartland Emmy for best musical composition.

Above the Ashes wins two Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards
Above the Ashes has won 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. The Heartland Emmy award ceremony took place in both Denver, Colorado and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Saturday, July 21, 2012.
Heartland Emmy Awards 2012 Winner Silver Award 33rd Annual Telly Award
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, and television stations in the world.

2012 Winner Golden Palm Award Documentary Short
Mexico International Film Festival

Congratulations! Above the Ashes has been chosen as a recipient of the Golden Palm Award at the 2012 Mexico International Film Festival. Our judges felt that your film demonstrated excellent and outstanding filmmaking. Your film was among the very best submitted from over several dozen countries around the world.

2012 Winner Best Documentary Short
Indie Spirit Film Festival

Colorado Springs, Colorado


Above the Ashes was awarded a Sierra Nevada Award in the Mountain Culture Category from the 2012 Mountain Film Awards.

Thanks to the talents of supervising sound editor David Bondelevitch, MPSE, CAS, Above the Ashes was nominated for a prestigious MPSE GOLDEN REEL Award for BEST SOUND EDITING: SHORT FORM DOCUMENTARY. Above the Ashes is in competition with Man Made – “Bugatti Super Car”and Tim Tebow: Everything In Between.

The 59th Golden Reel Award ceremony took place in Los Angeles, California on February 19, 2012.

Above the Ashes documents the Fourmile fire through the eyes of Sunshine residents who refused to evacuate and joined together to fight the Fourmile fire. Their heroic actions saved numerous homes in the historic Sunshine community. Using haunting visuals Above the Ashes reveals tales of bravery, family, friends, loss and the rebuilding of a community.

2010 Recipient of the Colorado Council on the Arts Grant for Artists & Organizations for CAM ArtsBridge.

CAM Artsbridge is an amazing union Arts and Media faculty mentors, BFA student scholars, K-12 educators and K-12 students. CAM ArtsBridge provides university students with hands-on arts teaching experience by placing them in the classroom as mentors and instructors. CAM’s student scholars are asked to create connections between arts and other academic areas. Connecting academics to art helps make sense of our world, culture and its systems.

The University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts & Media, includes the departments of Visual Arts, Music Performance and Music Industry Studies, Theatre, Film and Television Production. This range of creative diversity allows CAM ArtsBridge the ability to offer innovative interdisciplinary programs that range in artistic content.

The Colorado Council on the Arts is now know as Colorado Creative Industries. Colorado Creative Industries was created in July 2010 by merging the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Office of Film, Television and Media and the state’s Art in Public Places Program.

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