Robert R. Hurst

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Film and Media Studies
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Primary office:
785-864-1397
Summerfield Hall
Room 124D
University of Kansas
1300 Sunnyside Ave. Suite 230
Lawrence, KS 66045


Robert Hurst teaches film and video production and studies courses with an emphasis in 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.

His current project is "Garden City", a documentary portrait of this small city on the High Plains of Southwest Kansas. The film will follow the lives of recent immigrants and long-term residents and will explore contemporary discourse around immigration and migrant 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), as well as 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

Other current projects include Joan Dark, a modern-day retelling of Don Quixote; and The Pursuit of Happiness, a multi-episode series about the massive changes roiling higher education.

Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

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

Selected Work

Supervising Sound Editor, I Was a Tennage Girl, Apparently, Lyn Elliot, 12/01/2015

Sound Designer/Mixer, A Good Match, Lyn Eliot, 12/01/2013

Supervising Sound Editor, Destination: Planet Negro, Kevin Willmott, 01/01/2013

Destination: Planet Negro
British Film Institute, BFI Theatre, London, England UK, 10/01/2014 - 10/31/2014

Destination: Planet Negro
Kansas City Film Festival, Kansas City, MO, 04/01/2014 - 04/30/2014

A Good Match
Kansas City International Film Festival, 04/05/2014 - 04/05/2014

A Good Match
Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MI, 04/03/2014 - 04/03/2014

Destination: Planet Negro
Cinema KC, Crown Center, Kansas City, MO, 02/01/2014 - 02/28/2014

Destination: Planet Negro
Show Me Justice Film Festival, University of Central Missouri, Kansas City, MO, 02/01/2014 - 02/28/2014

Destination: Planet Negro
Black History Month Screening and Discussion, Black History Month Screening and Discussion, Kansas City, MO, Feb. 2014., Kansas City, MO, 02/10/2014 - 02/10/2014

Destination: Planet Negro
St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, MO, 11/22/2013 - 11/22/2013

Destination: Planet Negro
Our Image Film and Arts Festival, Houston, TX, 10/01/2013 - 10/31/2013

Destination: Planet Negro
Kansas International Film Festival, Kansas City, MO, 10/15/2013 - 10/15/2013

Destination: Planet Negro
University of Indiana, "The African American Independent: The Films of Kevin Willmott", Bloomington, IN, 10/15/2013 - 10/15/2013

The Only Good Indian
University of Indiana, "The African American Independent: The Films of Kevin Willmott", Bloomington, IN, 10/14/2013 - 10/14/2013

Destination: Planet Negro
Our Image Art and Film Festival, Houston, TX, 10/13/2013 - 10/13/2013

Destination: Planet Negro
67th Annual University Film/Video Association Conference, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 08/01/2013 - 08/31/2013

Destination: Planet Negro
19th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, Chicago, IL, 08/20/2013 - 08/20/2013

Destination: Planet Negro
67th University Film & Video Association Conference, Orange, CA, 08/07/2013 - 08/07/2013

The Only Good Indian
Starz Westerns Cable Television Network Broadcast, 05/01/2010 - 05/31/2013


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