After nearly ten years of filming Chad A. Stevens’ first feature-length documentary, Overburden was released in 2015. Overburden – described by the Huffington Post as “One of the most timely, poetic and informed film documentaries of the year” – has screened around the globe and was broadcast on the WORLD Channel in 2017.

As an associate professor in visual communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stevens teaches courses in photojournalism and documentary storytelling. He has also taught at the International Center of Photography, Ohio University and Western Kentucky University and has coached numerous workshops around the country. Stevens has judged international photography and multimedia competitions and served as a juror in the 2016 Full Frame Film Festival. Previous to his tenure at UNC, Stevens was a producer/editor at MediaStorm, where he produced award-winning short films.

His work has been recognized in national and international competitions including an Emmy in New Approaches in Documentary. Overburden has received many honors including the Special Jury Prize at the Banff Mountain Film festival, Best Environmental Film Award at the New York Wild Film Festival and Honorable Mention for the Full Frame Film Festival Nicholas School for the Environmental Award.

Stevens has also created short films with National Geographic Magazine, the United Nations Population Fund’s Campaign to End Child Marriage, the Los Angeles Times, Yale e360 and the Open Society Foundations.


  • M.A., Ohio University
  • B.A., Western Kentucky University