Charles Dye

Charles Dye

Assistant Professor - Cinema Production

Charles is still new to Virginia Tech and teaches Cinema Production.  His film, Indian Relay won two regional Emmys and was selected for the PBS series Independent Lens.

Other works include Finding Traction which has won numerous awards at international film festivals, Before There Were Parks:  Yellowstone and Glacier through Native Eyes (which appeared on primetime PBS nationally and won two regional Emmys), A Cat Called Elvis, and Last of the Gum Men.

His fiction work includes his MFA thesis film, The Curtsy, along with several projects now in development. 

Contact Me

(540) 231-3991
251C Henderson Hall
195 Alumni Mall (0141)
Blacksburg, VA  24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Production/Research Areas: Cinema Production, Documentary Filmmaking
  • Teaching Areas: Cinema Production

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., Montana State University
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate, University of Washington
  • B.A., University of Arizona

What is your favorite place on campus? Why?

In the seats of the Moss Arts Center--because it's awesome--the best performance hall on this planet. 

What do you most enjoy about your work?

Going into the unknown, meeting the often daunting challenges I find there, bringing back what amazes and delights me, and eventually, after a lot of fun editing, sharing that.

What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic process? 

When the cameras drop away and I notice I'm connecting with someone--having an honest and meaningful conversation with someone who I might never have known unless the project had brought me to them. 

When do you first remember making the decision to go into the arts?  What were the circumstances? 

I was always an art geek. But feeling it to be rather pointless, I drifted into the sciences early on in college. When I was 20, passing through Florence, Italy on a bicycle tour, I walked into the room with Michaelangelo's David, and I was overwhelmed. I mean I had to sit down on the floor. Because I finally got it. I understood why the making of art was among our highest callings--why it was my calling--celebrating the beautiful, life, story & gumption. 

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate? 

Courage, Open-mindedness, Perspective, Caring, Diligence, Hope, Patience....

Who has most influenced you? Why? 

My father drowning when I was an infant certainly continues to have a profound influence on me. I never expect to live out an entire day. I feel every moment is fleeting, is precious and I am filled with gratitude for the next and the next and the next...

Share something about yourself that might surprise your students. 

I'm a rough woodworker, and one of my favorite ongoing projects is the construction of alternative beehives. Year to year I try new ideas, always seeking healthier living spaces for the un-medicated honeybees that I love keeping around my home.

Honors & Awards

  • Awarded two regional Emmys for Before There Were Parks: Yellowstone and Glacier through Native Eyes in 2010
  • Awarded two Emmys for Indian Relay in 2014

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