Virginia Orzel

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Associate Professor / Associate Chair


M.F.A. Animation Rochester Institute of Technology

B.A. Motion Picture/Video/Theatre Montana State University

Area(s) of Specialty:

Video/Film pre-production, production and post-production

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 "Dyslexia: Word Blindness"

Orzel, V. M., Documentary Film Short Festival, The Hang onto your Shorts Film Festival, Asbury Park, NJ, Academic, National, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted, Competition. (May 2015)

"Mano a Mano"

Orzel, V. M., Rhea, D., Photojournalism Essay, Opus Foundation, St. Paul, Minn, Academic, National, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted, Invitation. (August 2012 - November 2012)



Editor/Compositor of Experimental film:

-Collaborated with Stephanie Maxwell from Rochester Institute of Technology


"The Morgan Manning House Legacy"

Producer/Director/Videographer/Editor of Documentary:

- Won a Bronze Telly April 2011


"One Breath: A Personal Journey with Asthma, a film about asthma." 

Producer/Director/Editor of Documentary. The film was completed in March 2010

- Won a Telly, May 2010
- Films Media Group January 2011 (Largest Film Distributor
in North America.)
- Peer-reviewed and screened at Phoenix Internal Christian
Film Festival 2010
- Peer-reviewed and screened at SUNY Film Festival


Faculty show April 2010:
Peer-reviewed and article written about film in The Lancet September 2010


"One Breath", Conference Presentation at Eastern Communication Association, Spring 2008


"The Oldest Mother on the Block" 2006 (videographer)


"The Art Form of Stephanie Maxwell" 2007


"ImageMovementSound Festival" 2007 (editor)


"Print in the 21st Century" 2004


"Centennial Celebration" 2003


"Amusement Parks and Math" 2001


"The Culture of Native Americans" 2000


"A Voyage Down the Erie Canal" 2000


"Digital Revolution" 2000


"Code of Conduct" 1999


"Teenagers Are We Listening" 1999


"Beating the Odds" 1999


"Character Education" 1998


Works In Progress:

• Two NPR shows about two different women who fought the odds and came out successful. These two have been shot and I am working on the scripts at this time.

• "Bone Marrow: Too Many Children are Dying" (Planning).
This is another feature length documentary that I have in the planning stages. I want to work with children's hospitals throughout the state as well as families who children are suffering from leukemia. Too many children are dying because not enough people are willing to be bone marrow donors. Today it is much easier to be a donor than ever before. With this film I want to educate the public about this situation

• Word Blindness, In the process of shooting a feature documentary on dyslexia from the perspective of the dyslexic. This film is to help people who are unfamiliar with the learning disability understand better how the dyslexic struggles when they are trying to write, read, speak and comprehend the spoken word. This film with be a combination of video and animation. I have experts lined up throughout New York State as well as North Carolina and Connecticut. Plan to finish shooting Spring 2016 and begin to edit summer of 2016 and have the final film finished end of the summer of 2017. Getting ready to Edit

• Scleroderma documentary short on the disease. Working with the tristate chapter to make an educational video on what is scleroderma. I am working with two students on the film. We are in the shooting phase of this film. The edited piece should be done by end of Spring semester 2016. Finished getting ready to publish



"The Morgan Manning House Legacy", Bronze Telly Award (2011)

"One Breath: A Personal Journey with Asthma", Bronze Telly Award (2010)

"One Breath: A Personal Journey with Asthma", SUNY Wide Film Festival (faculty showcase -2010)

"One Breath: A Personal Journey with Asthma", Phoenix International Christian Film Festival (2010)

"Oldest Mother on the Block" screened at International High Falls Film Festival, 2008
New Hampshire Film Festival (2004)
Georgetown Film Festival (2004)
Four New York State Broadcaster Awards (2001, 2000, 1999, 1994)
Nominated for a New York State Emmy (2000)
Nominated for an Iris Award (2000)
Recognition for The Annenberg Foundation for Children's Programming (2000)
Associated Press (2000)
Community Action Network in (1999)


Associate Chair for the Communication Department

Chair of the Oral Communication Code for General Education Assessment Committee

Office: 228 Holmes Hall
Phone: (585) 395-5773

Last Updated 10/12/17

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