Prof. Nathan Skulstad

Sessional Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies


Programs: Digital Media and Production


MFA (2013), Film Production, York University, Toronto, ON
Thesis: Imago Dei

Documentary Film Certificate Program (2010), Capilano University, Vancouver, BC.

B.A. (2005), Theatre, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC.


  • Introduction to Media and Communications (MCS-121)
  • Theories of Communication (MCS-311)
  • Studies in Religion & Media (MCS-405)
  • The Language of Film and Television (MCS-233)
  • Media Law, Copyright and Contracts (MCS-235)
  • World Cinemas (MCS-361)


Nathan Skulstad is an artist and scholar whose work explores the intersections of the sacred and the secular. Prior to returning to Canada and joining Redeemer as a Sessional Associate Professor, he spent over seven years working at Messiah University in Pennsylvania, where he served as an Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media, helping to build programs in Film and Media Arts, as well as Digital Media. As a filmmaker, he focuses on nonfiction production practices, creating intimate portraits of human experience. His most recent documentary, Until We Have Faces, focuses on the lives of women incarcerated for life in Pennsylvania. His independent projects and collaborations have screened at festivals and art galleries internationally. He has also worked on commercial projects for organizations such as a Worldvision, A Rocha Canada, and Amnesty International. Along with his own projects, he loves to support and mentor emerging filmmakers, as they work to develop and explore the relationship between their artistic and spiritual practices.

Research Interests

  • Documentary Film
  • Religion and Film
  • Truth claims in nonfiction media
  • Alternative and experimental modes of production
  • Stop-motion, rotoscoping, and cinemagraphs

Research Funding:

Awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Program Master’s Scholarships given by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for his thesis film, Imago Dei.

Selected Exhibitions: 

Imago Dei:  Moviate Underground Film Festival /2015; Belleville Downtown DocFest: International Documentary Film Festival /2015; Depth of Field Series at the Art Gallery of Ontario /2014

The Last Deaths of Joe (dir. Adonay Guerrero Cortes) // Cinematographer: imagineNative Film+Media Arts Festival /2014

Making Sones and Memories / De sones y Memorias (dir. Adonay Guerrero Cortes) // Cinematographer : Rodando Film Festival /2013 (Winner Best Short: Local Documentary)

Straight Up Dirty (dir. Markus Pukonen) // Editor (Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 2011)

I Live Here // Inter-university collaboration documentary shorts // York University, Ryerson University, UQAM(Université du Quebec a Montréal), & l’INIS (L’institut national de l’image et du son)

Professor Skulstad’s website.