JUST COMPLETED: A YEAR IN THE FIELD (now undergoing mix and color correction). The story of a young Estonian anthropologist doing a year's fieldwork in the fishing town of Bay de Verde, NL.
VILLAGE AT THE END OF THE ROAD, a documentary about changes in a NEWFOUNDLAND outport, Bay de Verde, in the 25 years since the 1992 Cod Moratorium put virtually everyone out of work, is being produced in partnership with anthropologist/filmmaker George Gmelch. IN PROCESS.
A second film, A YEAR IN THE FIELD (2020) about a young Estonian anthropologist doing fieldwork in Bay de Verde as part of his pursuit of a Phd from Memorial University of Newfounland (MUN). This has just been completed. https://vimeo.com/392792702
This is the trailer for Village at the End of the Road
More trailers from our first shoot:
Currently seeking completion funds from various additional sources.
In San Miguel de Allende, I've completed a short (7-min) promo for FEED THE HUNGRY.
Also continuing to shoot and edit additions to the San Miguel Archive Project. Please see www.youtube.com/channel/UCIXgq5OAXvjrcH5T3qP2tSw
TO HEAR THE MUSIC had a broadcast premiere in March 2014, on NHPTV, a festival presence in Nyon's Visions du Reel (April) and and a festival premiere at Woods Hole (July). Since it has been broadcast on some 250 PBS stations, in virtually every state in the union.
TO HEAR THE MUSIC is a documentary about the life of organ builder and nuclear physicist Charles Brenton Fisk, and the posthumous commissioning and installation from his company, C.B. Fisk, Inc., of a multi-million dollar organ in Harvard's Memorial Church.
The film can be viewed here: vimeo.com/68476288
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A previous film, the personal documentary GRINGOLANDIA (2011) about expat life in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico has shown on numerous occasions in the city of San Miguel, and is available through Documentary Educational Resources (http://www.der.org)
Another recent video project: SEEKING THE 36, a half-hour documentary about the Lamed Vov, the mythical “just souls” that in Jewish lore are said to balance the evil in the world, screened in the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Fest and the Utopia Film Fest. https://vimeo.com/98714100
Lanson's other credits include PHANS OF JERSEY CITY, a documentary about a Vietnamese refugee family, which appeared in New Directors/New Films and on PBS stations (Available at http://www.der.org); and
BOOMING, a film about uranium mining in Wyoming in winter, which was screened at Edinburgh, Denver, and other international festivals. FULL FILM HERE: https://vimeo.com/122494057
PITSTOP, an independent feature, a dark comedy about a case of mistaken identity and nine people stuck in the same motel beside an interstate, which also toured the festival circuit, was broadcast on WGBH, and premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Contact Lanson personally at email@example.com
I'm a former member of the Writers Guild of America West, have authored numerous screenplays, written and produced movie trailers and promos, and worked on crew and as an editor on a range of documentary films. Among commercial editorial credits are documentaries for A&E, Discovery, the History Channel, and PBS.
My non-fiction personal projects have focused on issues of community, work, and culture, I've received grants from the AFI, and state Humanities and Arts Councils in Wyoming, New Jersey and NY. For screenwriting, I've won artist fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, and the Djerassi Foundation.
I've taught filmmaking most recently at Endicott College, and also at Cal Arts, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Brooks Institute, Boston University, The Museum School, and Emerson College. I am a graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts and was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute, LA.
I live currently in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with visual artist Erica Daborn (www.ericadaborn.com).