James Koeppel, who is on the studio composition faculty of the Conservatory of Music, scored the film Carhenge—Genius or Junk, which has been nominated in the Cultural Documentary category for the 43rd Midwestern Emmy Awards.
The film, directed by David Liban, aired internationally and on PBS in the United States, and has received several awards. It was named Best Short Documentary at the 2006 Boulder International Film Festival, and received the “Grand Festival Award” at the 2005 Berkeley Video and Film Festival; the 2006 CINE Golden Eagle, Documentary Short; and the Platinum Award, Short Documentary, 2006 Houston International Film Festival, among several others.
Koeppel teaches songwriting and composition master classes in the Conservatory of Music, as well as “American History and Society through Music” and “The Music of Protest” in the School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education.
He will soon be releasing a CD entitled Lovesick James, produced by Eric Amble of Steve Earle and the Dukes, and scoring another film by David Liban.