Antioch College (Communications)
I believe that students in my workshops have learned the technical skills and a personal aesthetic style that enables them to express themselves and produce films that articulate their artistic aspirations and their points of views on critical issues affecting themselves and their communities. I teach filmmaking as a form of language and I teach my students the basic and advanced language of film and television and how to organize themselves so that they can communicate and articulate visually what it is they are thinking and wish to share. My goal is to help any student move from creating "visual essays" to becoming comfortable and fluent articulators of their emerging visual style. This is done by completing some simple visual exercises with a camera which will allow you to begin to express yourself visually. This is done in the form of "Video Scavenger Hunts" where you will be given a shot list and ask to collect various images using different forms of framing and composition. You may also be asked to conduct some simple interviews which will add to your portfolio of images. From that we review your work on the elementary exercises and using editing software we will edit your material into your first film using music and the natural sound you recorded. From there we would then move on to accomplishing more complex camera techniques and movements and create a 2nd "training project" that would also be edited. This technique can be modified for a student who is interested in either Documentary or Narrative filmmaking. My students have explored complex issues such as the relationship between African Americans and Jews in Crown Heights, a docudrama mash up on the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, a documentary on P.S. 186 an abandoned public school in Harlem that has been closed for more than 30 years, an exploration of love and relationships over time, a portrait of a TransGender couple, a narrative film on what we really do not know about homeless teens.
I have a strong working knowledge of digital video production and Adobe Premier and Final Cut Pro editing. Since 1976 I have been employed as a documentary filmmaker, scriptwriter, director, producer, and sound recordist in films that have been nominated for Academy Award in the Best Documentary category and television programs that have won Emmy Awards. I have worked in El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Vietnam, and Cambodia to name just a few locations. I have a deep understanding of film and television history as well as contemporary movements in film/TV and culture.
I believe that students in my workshops have learned the technical skills and a personal aesthetic style that enables them to express themselves and produce films that articulate their artistic aspirations and their points of views on critical issues affecting themselves and their communities. I teach filmmaking as a form of language and I teach
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I have more than 30 years' experience as a cameraman, editor, director, producer, and writer for broadcast networks and independent media organizations. My experiences have been under fire as a combat journalist, spending up to a year in hospitals, and prisons doing long form verite documentaries, and the fast paced world of a weekly broadcast news magazine program covering Southern Africa.
In addition I have been teaching digital film and video production in places such as BAM, Tribeca Film, Urban Arts Partnerships, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and Reel Works.