H.D. Motyl is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he teaches Media Production and Screenwriting for TV and Film.  He also chairs both the Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media and the Department of Cinema and Photography.  He is actively involved in the University Film and Video Association and is the current Conference Vice President.

In the Shadow, a documentary about the 2017 total solar eclipse over Southern Illinois, has won the Best Documentary prize at the Broadcast Education Association’s 2019 Festival of Media Arts.  The film, which Motyl produced with his colleague Mark Stoffel, is currently on the festival circuit and has screened at events in New Jersey, Kentucky, and Illinois. 

His feature-length documentary about professional rodeo, Cowboy Christmas, won Best Feature Documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival and the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts.

Among recent experimental work, Nudes Descending a Staircase #2 has screened at the 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge Festival and Madatac04 in Madrid. Other award-winning work, including Oh Michael/Oh Jesus, Memorial and Messages from Jeanne, has also screened in festivals worldwide.

Currently, Motyl is completing a feature script, Saturn Return, about a gay man confronting three different kinds of love—fraternal, filial, and romantic—during his 30th birthday year.  He is outlining another script, Three Rivers, about a woman, time travel and the consequences of choices, on a small island in the Ohio River. 

Originally from Pittsburgh, he was graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in English and holds an M.F.A from Northwestern University in Film/Video Production and Screenwriting.