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TEACHING FILM/VIDEO PRODUCTION
ENDICOTT COLLEGE, BEVERLY, School of Communication, from Sept. 2001. FULL PROFESSOR. Courses include Writing for the Screen, Intro to Digital Film, Narrative Production, Documentary Production, Documentary Modes, TV Studio, Political Communication, Senior Internship, Senior Thesis Film. Core Curriculum, Technology, Ranking, Sabbatical committees.
EMERSON COLLEGE, BOSTON (1999-2010). ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (Adjunct) Undergrad Program, Visual/Media Arts: Sync-Sound Production Workshop; Business of Independent Film. Spring 2008: Narrative Workshop, Master’s Program in Visual/Media Arts.
PHILLIPS ACADEMY, ANDOVER Art Dept (Jan.’97 – Aug. 2004).
Video production with film studies/history component. AVID instruction.
SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON. Film Area. (1997-2000). Scriptwiting, 16mm Basic and Advanced, Film Collaborative Workshop, Editing.
2006, 2007: CE course: Documentary Production
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, BOSTON Dept. of Broadcast and Film. 1996. VISITING ASST. PROFESSOR teaching Advanced Screenwriting, “Directors on Directing,“ and “Directing Theatrical & TV Film.“
BROOKS INSTITUTE, Santa Barbara. 1989-1996. UNRANKED.
Screenwriting and Directing, 16mm Documentary Production, Narrative Post-production, Directed student written/produced/crewed/ edited half-hour narrative 3 times yearly, a total of 18 half-hour films.
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, Valencia. 1990-1993. UNRANKED. School of Film/Video. The Responsive Camera (Documentary Production), Film Production Workshop, Film Grammar. Applications Review, and thesis committee reviews.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, Tisch SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, 1982-1983. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Undergraduate School of Film and Television. Narrative Workshop, Sight and Sound (intensive 16mm workshop), Cinematography. Coordinated visiting lecturer series.
BROOKLYN COLLEGE (CUNY), 1977-1981. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR.
All levels Production Courses, Cinematography, and Intro to Film.
INDEPENDENT FILM/TAPE PRODUCTION
TO HEAR THE MUSIC, 2013. Hour-long doc about Gloucester organ builder CB Fisk, and Opus 139, a multimillion dollar instrument built on Cape Ann and installed in 2012 in Harvard University’s Memorial Church. Broadcast on PBS stations throughout the USA, including WGBH, WNET, and others 2015-2017. Woods Hole and Nyon Film Festivals, 2014.
GRINGOLANDIA, 54 min, 2011. PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/VIDEOGRAPHER/ EDITOR. Video doc about the impact & experience of Americans in Mexican colonial city favored by expats.
Production grants as faculty research, Endicott College.
SEEKING THE 36, 2009. 30 min. CO-DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER. EDITOR. Video documentary on the Lamed Vov, Jewish kabbalic myth of the 36 just souls. Grants (2) from The Harold Grinspoon Fndtn, Springfield MA. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Utopia Film Festival (2010).
PITSTOP, 2001. PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR. 91 min.
35mm feature road movie set beside interstate in California’s Central Valley. Nine characters cross paths in a truckstop, find and lose love, and move on. In 1996-2001 raised $250,000 cash, & over $200,000 in-kind from private investors. Camera grant from Panavision. Festivals include Wine Country, Welsh Intl, MFA Boston, IFFM, Woods Hole, Rhode Island Intl. Broadcast WGBH, spring ’00 and numerous times thereafter. 35mm premiere April 2001 (NY) and June 2001 (LA)
3AM ETERNAL, 1999. 18 min. DIRECTOR. A troubled Vietnam vet is given the opportunity to go back and save a dead buddy. Festivals: Dances with Films, Newport Beach.
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, 1995, 25 min. DIRECTOR.
Comic short about a magic crystal. Cine Golden Eagle.
BOOMING, 1982, 60 min. PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER/EDITOR.
Documentary on mobile home living in a Wyoming uranium mining town in mid-winter. Grants: Wyoming Council for Humanities; CUNY Research Foundation; Screenings: Sundance, Denver, Popoli, Edinburgh, Sinking Creek (Producer Award). Screened Museum of Modern Art, NY; Broadcast PBS.
PHANS OF JERSEY CITY, 1980, 50 min. CO-DIRECTOR/CAMERAMAN.
Documentary on Vietnamese family of 20 struggling with life in USA.
Grants: AFI Independent Filmmaker, NEA, NY State Council on the Arts, NJ Arts Council, NJ Humanities Council, NJ Public Television, MERC.
Festivals: American (Red Ribbon), Popoli, New Directors /New Films. Broadcast PBS, Sale to Dutch, Danish, Australian television.
Distributor: Documentary Educational Resources (DER)
CROCK OF GOLD, 19 min. WRITER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR/CAMERA
Satiric “docufantasy” on McDonald’s hamburger empire.
Festivals: FOCUS (1st prize, documentary), National Student Festival (2nd place), finalist student Academy Awards. Screened at MOMA and Kennedy Center. Broadcast PBS 1982.
FREELANCE, Cameraman/Editor on numerous indie documentary productions; shot GRANDPA (NY Film Fest short).
DOCUMENTARY FILM/TAPE EXPERIENCE, COMMERCIAL
Endicott College, 2007-08: This Land is Our Land, 17 min. PRODUCER of student crewed/directed project about the 2008 New Hampshire primary election, accomplished with funds from the college’s PAF grant; 2006: Two short promotional tapes, one for The Mexico Campus, and another documenting the Mexico Culture and Community Service Project. PRODUCER/ EDITOR.
Samuel Bak: The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable, 2001. Documentary on a Boston painter and Holocaust survivor. EDITOR. CPS Prods.
Redefining the American Dream: Cambridge College Capital Campaign, 2001. EDITOR. Warner & Company.
The Cop and the Criminal, 2001, A&E Channel. EDITOR of hour long doc on the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger (for Stuart TV).
WGBH Local Programming, 2001: Tease/Wraps for Viewpoint/Indie Select. EDITOR.
Hooked: History of Illegal Drugs, 2000, History Channel. EDITOR,
hour-long doc on Marijuana, one of four for Tera Media, Boston.
Inside the Big Dig, 2000, Discovery Channel/ABC co-production. EDITOR.
Hour long report on nation's largest highway project: Stuart TV.
Zamir: Jewish Voices Return to Eastern Europe, 2000, CO-EDITOR. PBS Pledge Drive doc on Boston chorale's return to Europe, where namesake group was wiped out by Nazis. Spy Pond Prods/CPS.
Art at Andover, 2000. WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR
Admissions tape for the Art Dept. at Phillips Academy Andover. Also Music At Andover (for the music dept) and Andover: A World of Languages, (for the language division), 1999.
The American Internet Story, 1999. EDITOR, for Stuart TV.
Documentary on a business startup.
At the Grass Roots, with Robert Reich, 1998. EDITOR, for Stuart TV. PBS Nov. 1998. Pre-election journey to the Ohio River Valley with former labor secretary hosting.
LA Mission, 1995, PRODUCER-DIRECTOR-WRITER. Promotional tape on learning program for homeless.
Focus on Africa, 1994, WRITER. Promo for Anderson Photo Safaris.
Brooks Institute, 1993, WRITER. Promo tape for the film school.
Barr Films, LA, 1990, WRITER. YOU’RE NOT COMMUNICATING, a management training film; also WHAT’S IN A BOOK?, library use for preteens.
Wine Country Film Festival, Sonoma, CA, 1986, PRODUCER. Trailer and other publicity for this Northern California Indie Festival.
AT&T Information Management, Morristown, 1985, WRITER/PRODUCER.
Northeast Utilities, Northfield, 1983, DIRECTOR/EDITOR.
NORTHFIELD MOUNTAIN, a film for tour visitors to hydroelectric plant.
Fidelity Corporation, Boston, 1982,WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR.
Videotapes on IRA corporate funds.
SCREENWRITING: member emeritus WGAW.
JOAN OF THE REDWOOD Teenager who hears voices saves her town
BAGGAGE Ensemble piece set in airport.
PIT STOP (dir/prod) Nine travelers meet - a black comedy.
TRANSIT (optioned) Serial murder in the NY subways.
INVERSION Environmental disaster thriller.
THE 36 (optioned) Comedy-adventure based on Jewish myth.
ONE DAY OF LIFE Courage, community & death in El Salvador.
URANIUM FEVER A prospector’s story set in the ‘50’s.
The MacDowell Colony - 1982, 1984, 1992.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts – 1986, 2007
Djerassi Foundation - 1988.
How Not to Make an Indie Feature: A Memoir by Victor Gaines.
AKA Shooting Roadkill
Autobiographical novel about the process of shooting the film Pitstop (above).
Writers Guild of America West
Independent Feature Project East
University Film/Video Association
International Documentary Association
The American Film Institute, LA., 1986-87, Directing Fellow.
Wrote, directed and edited three half-hour dramas.
Columbia University, School of the Arts, NY, MFA in Film (honors).
National awards for thesis film, CROCK OF GOLD
US Peace Corps, Ethiopia X. Taught English, Kombolcha, Wollo.
Haverford College, 1968, BA, Honors. English Major, conc. in American Literature.
SCREENINGS and REVIEWS
The Opus 139 Project: To Hear the Music
BROADCAST WGBH, Boston, Jan. 5, 2015; RIPBS (Rhode Island), Sept. 4, 2014; MPBN (Maine) Sept. 24, 26, 2014 & 2015. NHPTV (New Hampshire) March 2014
Also in 2015, on multiple PBS stations via a deal with NETA: So. Carolina, NJ, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, Maine, Washington DC, Las Vegas,and other cities to come.
Woods Hole Film Festival, July 2014
Nyon Film Festival, Media Library, April 2014
Santa Ana Theatre, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Jan-Feb 2014.
Shalin-Liu Music Center, Rockport, MA, Sept. 2013
Cape Ann Community Cinema, Gloucester, September 2013
Uchoir reunion weekend, Memorial Church, Cambridge, 2012. Trailer and clips.
The Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, 2011, trailer and clips and discussion of organ-building with Greg Bover, CB Fisk, Inc.
Intl. Oral History Association, Prague, CZ, 2010: as work in progress.
Santa Ana Theatre, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Jan. 17th. 2011. Premiere. Multiple screenings in the same venue since then.
Seeking the 36
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, Smith College, Northampton MA, 2010
Utopia Film Festival, Greenbelt, MD, 2010
Santa Ana Theatre, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2009
San Miguel de Allende Meditation Center, 2009
Woodstock Jewish Community Shavuot Retreat, 2009
Aleph Kalla, Ohio Wesleyan, OH, 2009
Quaker Friends Worship Service, Worcester, MA, 2009
Temple Israel, Greenfield, MA 2009
Reviews: Greenfield Recorder, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Jewish Ledger
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2007
American Film Market, 2003
Music Hall Theatre, Beverly Hills, (NYIFVF), 2001
NY Independent Film and Video Festival, NY premiere in 35mm, 2001
Channel 9 Boston, “It’s All About Arts,” Interview and clips, 2001
Woods Hole Film Festival, 2000
Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, 2000
Wine Country Film Festival, Glen Ellen, CA – Closing Night, 2000
WGBH-TV “Independent Focus,” five broadcasts, film and interview, 2000
Immagine Magazine, 2000. “Despite Pitfalls Pitstop Comes to Life,” Holly Madden
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1999.
New England Film.com, 1999. “Road Warriors,” by Chris Cooke
Winchester Star, 1999. “Hollywood on the Auberjona,” Jonathan Kranz
Berkeley Beacon, 1999. Review by Stephanie Chelf
Welsh International Film Festival, 1999. Premiere.
IFP Market Selection, 1999.
Samuel Bak: The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable
Pucker Gallery, Boston, 2001
Gelb Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, 2001.
Endicott College, 2007, Modes of Documentary Representation, panel
WNET-TV, POV series, 1983
Brattleboro Memorial Library, 1983
Wyoming Library Association, Jackson Hole, 1982
Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival, 1982
Columbus Intl. Film Festival, 1982
Chicago Intl. Film Festival, 1982
Sinking Creek Film Festival, Producer Award, 1982
Denver Intl. Film Festival, 1982
Park City Intl (Sundance as of ‘83) Film Festival, 1982. Premiere.
Phans of Jersey City
Bridgewater State, Bridgewater, MA, 2008. New England Sociological Association.
Endicott College, Beverly MA, 2007, Modes of Documentary Representation, panel.
Union College, Schenectady, NY, 2006
Gelb Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, 1999.
California Institute of the Arts, CA, 1992.
Diablo Valley College, CA, 1985.
Manchester Polytechnic, England, 1984.
St. Martins School of Art, London, England, 1984.
WNET-TV, 1983. Also broadcast on Dutch, Danish, Australian TV.
Melbourne Film Festival, Australia, 1981.
Popoli Film Festival, Italy, 1981.
American Film Festival, NY, Red Ribbon, 1981.
New Directors/New Films, Santa Fe, NM, 1980.
Review, NY Times (Vincent Canby), 1980
Review, Village Voice (Jay Hoberman), 1980
Review, New York Magazine (David Denby), 1980
New Directors/New Films, NY, Museum of Modern Art, 1980. Premiere.
Crock of Gold”
Maine Public TV, 1982.
Popoli Film Festival, Italy, 1981.
Donnell Library, NY, 1978.
Chicago Int. Film Festival, 1977.
City College(CUNY), NY, class of Don Pennebaker, 1977.
Sinking Creek Film Festival, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1977.
Focus Film Festival, 1st place documentary , 1977.
Screenings at Gulf and Western Theatre, NY; Paramount Studios, LA.
Reviewed in Variety, LA Free Press, national student magazines.
National Student Film Festival, 2nd place, Kennedy Center, Wash. DC, 1976,
New York International Film Festival, Lincoln Center, 1976.