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Last Updated January 3, 2007

Filming on the AU Campus

Russel Williams

To: Film Industry

From: Russell Williams
Academy Award Winner for Glory and Dances with Wolves and artist in residence at American University

Re: Filming at American University

As an Academy Award winner, I highly recommend that you consider working with American University and using this great location for future shoots. American University has a beautiful campus and buildings that can provide great locations for you while you are on the East Coast. Because of my background, I am very familiar with the DC Film Commission and their requirements as well. I would be glad to discuss with you the numerous benefits of working with AU.

I hope to see you on campus soon!

American University has developed guidelines to simplify obtaining permission to film and photograph our campus. The Media Relations office is available to assist reporters and crews in the newsgathering process, as well as commercial film and television production companies. Our office is responsible for all arrangements pertaining to filming on campus, including processing permissions and supervising the film shoot.

Commercial Film and TV Production at American University

Prior approval from AU's Media Relations Office is required to conduct commercial filming and photography on the AU campus. Production companies and location scouts should contact the Director of Media Relations for information on receiving clearance and permits for these activities, as well as for information on obtaining approval of scripts. Certain scripts that contain references to AU also may require review by appropriate university offices, including the Office of the General Counsel.

Amenities, Services, and Venues

American University is located in a residential neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., at the intersection of Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues—the top of Embassy Row. The campus is one mile from the Naval Observatory, down the road from the National Cathedral, and five miles from Capitol Hill. Skyline views of Rosslyn, Virginia, and downtown Washington can be seen from the roofs of campus buildings. The university is located three fourths of a mile from the Tenleytown-AU Metro station on the red line, and is convenient to the Interstates 495 and 95.

Highlights of the 84-acre main campus include a main quadrangle surrounded by several academic buildings, six residential halls, a 5,000-seat arena, and an outdoor amphitheatre. One block from the metro station, a smaller 8-acre satellite campus is home to three residence halls, several classrooms, and a recreational playing field.

American University Professors who work with the film industry include artist in residence Russell Williams, Academy Award winner for sound work on two feature films, Glory and Dances with Wolves; director of the Center for Social Media Patricia Aufderheide, a former jury member for the Sundance Film Festival; and associate professor Randall Blair, a producer and director with Washington, D.C. based Blair Productions.

Take a detailed look at the amenities, services, and venues that American University can offer.

To arrange for filming on the American University campus, contact AU Media Relations at 202-885-5950 or The office will work as your liaison to campus offices and venues and will be your on-site contact.

News Crews: Contact Media Relations to arrange filming on campus

Recent Filming Projects at AU

Style network's My Celebrity Home With Dolce Restaurant in Los Angeles serving as inspiration, the My Celebrity Home crew transformed an AU student lounge from dull to Dolce.

Royal Kill Movie Royal Kill, currently in post-production and featuring the late Pat Morita, was shot on AU's Tenley campus in 2005.

"The View" at AU 15 members of AU’s 11 sororities found themselves on ABC’s The View in November 2005, live from AU.

Documentary Crew Local news crews, production companies, cable networks, including National Geographic, HGTV, CourtTV, Discovery, and others have used AU facilities, from science labs and the law library to our outdoor sculpture garden, for a variety of projects.