COVIDeo-19 is a pop-up documentary film festival intended to be about and for this moment. Undergraduate students from around the world have submitted films made during quarantine and we will present the top films in the domestic and international categories on Sat night! 


Join via Zoom on Sat 9/5 from 8:00 to 9:00 pm here:

Please also bookmark as we will be loading films from our festival to the site for our 9/5 premiere (and we truly do believe that these films will serve as a documentary archive for these times). 




The COVIDeo-19 Film Festival was created by two college professors, one teaching in a film program and one in sociology, who independently assigned their students similar projects that boiled down to creating documentaries about life in these strange times. Inspired by those films, we wanted to create an outlet for similar work. And so COVIDeo-19 was born!


As our discussions about the festival developed, we realized we had stumbled on an idea for an annual festival. So These Times, the parent festival, was actually born after its child, COVIDeo-19. Strange days indeed.




Rik Scarce

Rik Scarce first picked up a camera of any kind in 9th grade, when he was invited to become a photographer for his junior high school yearbook. The bug bit hard and led him to work as a summer intern photographing the Smithsonian Institution?s Festival of American Folklife and, after graduating from college, as a reporter-photographer at the now-defunct New Smyrna Beach News and Observer newspaper in Florida.


In time Rik earned a Ph.D. in sociology, ultimately landing at Skidmore College. In 2006 he decided to shift his scholarship from text-based to video and largely taught himself how to create films. Along the way he has made virtually every mistake known to videomaking, but he has learned a lot and now teaches Visual Sociology, Video Ethnography, and Community Filmmaking. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Video Ethnography and serves on the executive committee of the Ethnografilm Festival. His films include an educational look at sustainability in the Hudson River region and his latest work, Impact: Mobility and Modernity Reconsidered, which is on the barefoot and minimalist running movement.

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is a filmmaker and educator based at the University of Denver. His documentary work has screened at: The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; The International Wildlife Film Festival, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival; The Birmingham Sidewalk Festival, and many more venues. Joe is particularly interested in the relationship between humans and the environment around them. His current feature film,Operation Wolf Patrol, will be out in 2021.


Previously, Joe directed the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) and the Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival (GLEFF). Joe also serves as the Executive Vice President of the University Film & Video Association (UFVA) and is active in the Denver filmmaking community. 





Joe Brown, Assistant Professor
Media, Film & Journalism Studies
University of Denver
Vice President, University Film & Video Association
Director: “Operation Wolf Patrol,” Documentary Film