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Mass Communication

Department of Mass Communication
Bangsberg 214
Phone: (218) 755-2915
Fax: (218) 755-4369

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Drive NE, #16
Bemidji, MN 56601

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Dr. Virgil Bakken


Mass Communication

Office: BG 204

Phone: (218) 755-3370


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B.S. Broadcast Communication
Evangel University
Springfield, Missouri

Advanced Screenwriting
Film in the Cities
Minneapolis, MN

M.A. Film Communication
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Ph.D. Communication Studies
Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA

Research Interests

  • Social criticism in broadcast media
  • Satire in television and film
  • Film and video production techniques
  • New Media storytelling and broadcast methods

Classes Taught

  • Audio/Video Studio Production
  • Media Theory and Criticism
  • Documentary Film
  • Documentary Film Workshop
  • Introduction to Media Writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Digital Cinema
  • Directing Visual Media
  • Communication Theory & Research
  • Senior Thesis/Project
  • Media Management
  • Single Camera Field Production

Career Highlights

Writer/Producer/Director (currently)
Montage Creative Group
36633 New Melahn Drive
Lake George, MN 56458

  • Specializing documentary and corporate media production

Five-time Telly Award winner:

  • The Family Channel On-Air Promotions
  • Insty-Prints Promotional Marketing Video
  • AGS Children's Educational Programming
  • LeaderSource Career Counseling Video Series
  • Guidant Corporation Promotional Video

25-year career as a writer, producer, and director of film, television and corporate promotion.

Prior teaching experience includes faculty and adjunct positions at Bethel University and Northwestern College.

Personal Interests

  • Screenwriting
  • Motorcycle touring
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Fishing

A Few Films I Like

  • "Dr. Strangelove"
  • "Brazil"
  • "This is Spinal Tap"
  • "Best in Show"
  • "Waiting for Guffman"
  • "Thank You for Smoking"

A Few Good Social Critics

  • Wendell Berry
  • Neil Postman
  • C. S. Lewis
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Jacques Ellul
  • Matthew Arnold

A Recent Documentary