H.D. Motyl is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he teaches Media Production and Writing for TV. His feature-length documentary about professional rodeo, Cowboy Christmas, won Best Feature Documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival and the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts.
His experimental video, Nudes Descending a Staircase #2 has screened at the 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge Festival and Madatac04 in Madrid. Other award-winning work, including Oh Michael/Oh Jesus, Memorial and Messages from Jeanne, has also screened in festivals worldwide.
Currently, Motyl is writing a short film, Saturn Return, about a mother and son reconciliation and brother on brother revenge, as well as outlining a feature script titled Three Rivers, about a woman, time travel and the consequences of choices.
Originally from Pittsburgh, he was graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in English and holds an M.F.A from Northwestern University in Film/Video Production and Screenwriting.