Dennis Aig, Ph.D.
Montana State University | Professor & School Director, School of Film
A veteran of over twenty-five years of university teaching and administration as well as professional production, Dr. Dennis Aig has produced, directed, and production managed dramatic features, documentaries, music videos, commercials, podcasts, and reality television shows for organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Columbia Pictures, CBS, Lifetime, The History Channel, and The National Geographic Channels. He has also worked with non-profit organizations and government agencies on social, environmental and science programs. His productions include Shadow Casting: The Making of “A River Runs Through It” and Visions of Grace: Robert Redford and “The Horse Whisperer”; two episodes of the multiple Emmy-winning CBS program The Amazing Race; many other documentaries, including Test Pilots of the Body (about bone marrow transplant patients at the UCLA Medical Center), Khashyar Darvich’s Dalai Lama Renaissance (narrated by Harrison Ford), and the historical program the Sacred Journey of the Nez Perce; the documentation and podcasts for landmark scientific mission and PAST Foundation project Deep Gulf Wrecks, which examined six World War II-era shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico; and award-winning music videos for the Austin-based Latino band Del Castillo.
The holder of a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in film from The Ohio State University, he is a tenured full professor in Montana State University’s School of Film and Photography, where he teaches fiction scriptwriting, production management, and nonfiction production. He also serves as Program Head for the School’s award-winning MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. As part of that program, he is the senior executive producer of the website and podcast TERRA: The Nature of Our World, which has enjoyed more than 10 million downloads since 2005. He is a co-Principal Investigator on two National Science Foundation projects: one on wildfires and climate change in several parts of the world and another on brucellosis in elk in the Yellowstone region. His productions have received over 100 major awards, including a Gold Hugo from the Chicago Film Festival, a Gold Medal from the New York Festivals, multiple Tellys, a CINE Golden Eagle, and three regional Emmys.