Convocation presented by award-winning documentarian Larkin McPhee

April 9, 2016

Award-winning documentary film director, producer and writer Larkin McPhee will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, April 15 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled, “Finding a Career and a Path as a Documentary Filmmaker,” McPhee will share her insights and experiences for aspiring filmmakers.

This event is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived for online viewing at

McPhee is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning director, producer and writer of documentary films. Her films have covered topics ranging from personal finance with Suze Orman to nuclear power to the illness of depression. Meticulous research, outstanding characters and powerful story-telling make McPhee's films extraordinarily compelling. Her skills as a director, writer and documentarian bring beauty and clarity to any topic. McPhee's documentaries impart a deep knowledge of the subject matter and provide viewers with a blueprint for positive change.

McPhee is perhaps best known for her intimate, sensitive portrayals of people in critically acclaimed films such as Depression: Out of the Shadows, a primetime PBS special on the illness of depression; Dying To Be Thin, a NOVA special on eating disorders; and Children By Design, one hour of an eight-hour PBS Series called Secret of Life, on the marvels and perils of the genetic revolution. McPhee’s films have received widespread acclaim, including a review by The Wall Street Journal that described Depression: Out of the Shadows, as "A treasure for its information and explanation, this documentary is that rare thing -- powerful television that can do some good in the world."

Most recently, she produced, wrote and directed Caring for Mom & Dad, narrated by Meryl Streep, a poignant hour-long, primetime PBS Special that looks at the issues facing family caregivers who are out on the front lines, struggling to balance work, families, and caring for their elderly loved ones.

McPhee has received wide recognition for her work, including the prestigious Peabody, Emmy and CINE Golden Eagle Awards. A graduate of Middlebury College, she lives in Minneapolis. More at

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Office of College Communications. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First and College Streets in Northfield.