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Timothy Wheeler

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts


Timothy Wheeler is a Los Angeles based director, producer, and EMMY-nominated cinematographer. His latest film Poached was nominated for the grand-jury prize at SXSW 2015, won top prize at the International Wildlife Film Festival and Matsula Nature Film Festival, and is being distributed by Ignite Channel.  Wheeler's directorial feature documentary debut The Other Shore:  The Diana Nyad Story had its world premiere at SXSW 2013, international premiere at Hot Docs, and was subsequently featured on Ellen, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Good Morning America, and in The New Yorker.  The Other Shore aired on heavy rotation for two years on SHOWTIME from 2013 - 2015.  He received a primetime EMMY nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for his work on the Discovery series Whale Wars. Other credits include programming for PBS, AL Jazeera, The New York Times, and VICE. Wheeler’s visual artistry and storytelling career was first inspired by his contribution to various human rights organizations and nonprofits, including Human Rights Watch.  Timothy is also an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film, has a Master's in Journalism from UC Berkeley, and has enjoyed travel and work in 60+ countries.