#5: Meet ROBERT COULTER

13 10 2009

Film: SENEKERIM DOHANIAN: UNCLE SAM’S ACE INSECT HUNTER

ROBERT COULTER, writer, director, producer

Senekerim Dohanian was an entomologist with the USDA from 1915 to 1959. Throughout his career, he was at the forefront of biological control of insect pests. His tremendous legacy to science and society has been documented by Dohanian’s 12-year-old great-great-nephew, Robert Coulter, who won a 2009 National History Day Contest for writing and producing this film.

Screening: Saturday Oct. 24th, 4:45 PM, “EMERGING STARS: FILMMAKERS ON THE EDGE” program

1. Tell us a little about yourself and where you have lived, highlighting any major cultural identities that define, influence or challenge you in your life.

I am twelve years old and in seventh grade. I have lived in Lander, Wyoming my entire life. I enjoy dirt biking, snowboarding, bacon cheeseburgers, and freeride mountain biking.

2. How did you come to be a filmmaker, and where/how did you learn the “craft” of filmmaking?

In sixth grade, all students at my school are required to complete a project for an event called National History Day. Out of several different types of projects, I chose a video documentary. I taught myself how to use iMovie, which I used to create my film.

3. What prompted the idea for your film and how did it evolve?

My mom suggested the topic, and at every level of competition in History Day I revised my film.

4. What is your single favorite line from your film?

The fuzz.

5. What movies would you say have transformed or changed the way you see the world?

Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein or anything Mel Brooks

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