Robert R. Hurst

Bob Hurst
  • Chair
  • Associate Professor
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of the Arts, Film & Media Studies

Contact Info

Summerfield Hall Room 124D


Robert Hurst teaches film and video production and studies courses with an emphasis in documentary, sound and post-production. He joined the University of Kansas faculty in 2006. Robert has been making fiction, documentary and experimental films for more than twenty years.

One of his current projects is "Garden City", a documentary film about immigration, domestic terrorism, and the struggle to define America. The film follows the lives of recent immigrants and long-term residents and will explore contemporary discourse around immigration, racism, religious bigotry, and labor.

Other recent projects as director and producer include The Listeners (2016, distributed by Kino Lorber Films), a feature-length documentary exploring suicide hotlines and the volunteers who answer calls. Recent collaborations include Sound Supervision on Destination: Planet Negro (2013), camera work on Patriot Guard Riders (feature documentary, 2011), The Only Good Indian (feature narrative, 2009), King Corn (feature documentary 2007), Fall From Grace (feature documentary, 2007). These films have played to audiences in major film festivals (Sundance, SXSW) and in theatres, on national television, and around the world.

He has also contributed works to museum installations at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Manhattan, NY, and The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has written and directed and short narrative and experimental films as well, including Dream House (2010), about the sleeping lives of dreamers; Burned (2005) which explores surveillance and fear in post-911 America; Bloom/Addendum (2004) two films examining the problems of living with Alzheimer's; and Faker (1999), a 30-minute short about a genetically-engineered but defective girl. Other works consider identity, psychic readings, and include live-action and animated films.


Research interests:

  • Sound
  • Documentary Film
  • Post-Production
  • Cinema
  • Film
  • Social-Action Documentary


Teaching interests:

  • Sound Design
  • Post-Production
  • Documentary
  • Narrative Film Production
  • Experimental Film