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Associate Professor

Digital & Interactive Media Production, Screenwriting, Acting

Department of Communication, Georgia State University

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I. EDUCATION

1992    MFA, Film and Television Production,

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Los Angeles, California

Special Interests: Fiction and Documentary filmmaking, Directing the actor and the non-fiction subject, Cinema-Verité Latin American cinema, European cinema

1987    B.A., Theater Arts, Emphasis in Film and Video Production,

UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California - High College Honors

Special Interests: Performance direction and theory, Classical drama, Film theory and criticism, Popular Culture theory, Architectural and Art history

 

II. PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

 

Filmmaker, Producer Screenwriter, Interactive Media Designer, Programmer, Essayist

 

 

III. TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2004-2011       Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Georgia State University

1998-2004       Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Georgia State University

 

1997-1998       Lecturer, School of Fine Art, Department of Studio Art, University of California, Irvine

1997-1998       Lecturer, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, Department of Film & Television

1989-1992       Video and Film Post-Production Teaching Assistant and Workshop Instructor, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

 

IV. ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE (ACADEMIC)

 

Committee Member, Acting for Camera Lecturer Search Committee

 

2011       Georgia State University, Department of Communication, Reviewed applicant files for an acting instructor with expertise in Acting for Camera, participated in interviews, and recommended superlative candidate.

 

Committee Member, Departmental 2nd Century Initiative Search Committee

 

2011       Georgia State University, Department of Communication, Reviewed applicant files for a New Media scholar/practitioner and selected a short list of recommendable candidates for consideration to College Search (2CI) Committee.

 

Committee Member, Equipment and Facilities Committee

 

1998-11  Georgia State University, Department of Communication, Oversees and directs the technological direction of the department as concerns its acquisition and implementation for research and teaching.

Committee Member, Diversity Committee

 

2005-11  Georgia State University, Department of Communication, Develops departmental diversity policy recommendations, measures attitude and climate and develops communication and instructional recommendations concerning a culturally and ethnically diverse student, faculty and staff.

 

Co-Developer of M.F.A. Program (in-progress)

 

2008-11  Georgia State University, Department of Communication, Proposal for MFA in Moving Image Production (and New Media), Co-Authored proposal, and organized faculty and administration to propose the new program to the Regents of the University system of Georgia. Revised again to include New Media curriculum. Application for approval pending.


Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track Position

 

2007-8 Georgia State University, Department of Communication, Position in Documentary Film Production and Studies. Co-wrote advertising language, produced and placed ads, designed web banner, organized search committee, interviews, and presentations.

 

Chair, Professional Advancement and Institutional Grant Committee

 

2007    Georgia State University, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Organized and evaluated internal applications for research support and funding from faculty whose work relates to Latin American and Latino studies.

Co-Chair, Annual Symposium

 

2007    Georgia State University, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Latin American Depictions of Colonization through History, Literature and Cinema. Organized and programmed two-day event of lectures and screenings with visiting scholars and artists.

Chair, Research and Creative Activities Committee

 

2002    Georgia State University, Department of Communication, Organized and evaluated internal applications for summer research support and funding, and sponsorship of visiting artists and scholars.

 

Artistic Director and Performance Coach

 

2004-5 Georgia State University, Department of Communication, ; Actors Showcase, Spring 2005, Fourteen scenes from contemporary films were performed live on stage by student actors for four nights.

 

Interactive Media Producer, Designer and Programmer

 

2007    http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcla/symposium: Designed, programmed and produced a complete interactive program for the 2007 annual symposium of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies: Latin American Depictions of Colonization through Literature, History and Cinema.

 

2003    http://www.schiffer.gsu.edu: a personal website for the promotion of creative work and teaching website for the easy access to teaching materials for students.

 

2000    http://www.clals.gsu.edu: a database-driven academic research center website with dynamic information design and form-driven updates developed to provide easily managed and visually sophisticated information to all members of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) at Georgia State University (GSU).

 

2000    http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwwfx (formerly http://dael.gsu.edu): a visually attractive website designed to attract prospective students and showcase research facilities and the Digital Arts and Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL) at Georgia State University (GSU).

 

1999    http:/www.communication.gsu.edu: a database-driven academic departmental website with dynamic information design and form-driven updates developed to provide easily managed and visually sophisticated information to all members of the Department of Communication and prospective students at Georgia State University (GSU).

1998    A Vision in the Midst of Change: An interactive CD ROM presentation developed to persuade the Regents of the University System of Georgia to grant the Department of Communication at Georgia State University a Ph.D. program in Communication Studies.

 

Graphic Designer and Print Production

2007    Latin American Depictions of Colonization through Literature, History and Cinema, 2007 Symposium of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. Designed and supervised production of printed programs and posters.

 

2000    Digital Arts and Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL) Lobby Signs: Designed two large and two small 4-color architectural graphics to direct visitors to all of the facilities of DAEL at One Park Place South building at Georgia State University (GSU).

 

2000    Digital Arts and Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL) Motion Graphics Bumper: A thirty second animated and composited video segment. Conceptualized, storyboarded, managed and Art Directed graduate students toward its final creation.

 

2000    Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS): Presenting Eliseo Subiela: A single-sided black and white poster to promote the event and attract attendance. Appeared at the Atlanta Latin American Film Festival Screenings.

 

1999    The Communication Studies Ph.D.: An eight-minute digital video presentation with voice-over narration and complex motion graphics developed to bring awareness of the Ph.D. program in the Communication Studies discipline at Georgia State University, and to encourage prospective students to apply to the new program at Georgia State University (GSU). Developed graphic design of document and supervised printing services.

1999    The Communication Studies Ph.D.: A six-panel 4-color brochure developed to bring awareness of the Ph.D. program in the Communication Studies discipline at Georgia State University, and to encourage prospective students to apply to the new program at Georgia State University (GSU). Developed all graphic design of document and supervised and arranged printing services.

1999    Invitation to Introduce the Communication Studies Ph.D.: A one-sided 4-color invitation to participants at the NCA conference to celebrate the initialization of the Ph.D. program in the Communication Studies discipline at Georgia State University, and to encourage prospective students to apply to the new program at Georgia State University (GSU). Developed all graphic design of document and supervised and arranged printing services

 

 

V. BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

FREELANCE MEDIA PRODUCTION PROJECTS (FOR HIRE OR SPECULATION)

 

Writer, Producer, Director and Editor of Film and Video

 

2010    Configero, (four testimonial commercials, web video, 3-5 mins. x 4)
Creative production of campaign for new company that configures commercial databases for client relationship management: Configero (configero.com), documentary interview of subjects with text and music to narrow marketing themes.

2001    S.P.L.O.S.T. for DeKalb County, (short informational, video, 10 mins.)
Informational video promoting the creation of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for DeKalb County Public School.

 

Screenwriting films and videos

 

1994    Voices and Choices, (short) a science-fiction anti-tobacco educational short, this film follows the curious misadventures of teenagers in a future where tobacco was forgotten decades ago.

1994    Rain for the Living, (feature) an exploration into the uses of sex for power, identity and therapy - this detective story is more poetry than perversion.

1992    A Crazy Little Mitzvah, (feature) a Jewish boy finds the meaning of manhood when he meets his father for the first time and passes from childhood to adolescence.

Graphic Design, Motion Graphics Animation and Media Production

2007    Sunshine Entertainment:  Motion graphic branding for film and television production company. Conceived original logo brand and animation design.

 

2003    3 Girls I Know: Designed and animated title graphics for this feature documentary about the contemporary problems in teen girl sexuality.

 

Voice Performance Director for Animation

 

2000    Britney, CibaVision and MacQuarium Inc., Web-based Flash-animated commercial directed at the teen market of contact lenses. Comic presentation of teenage video testimonial produced as animation through an illustrated and motion graphic camera lens.

 

Director and Director of Photography

 

2000    Girls Inc., Kirschenbaum, Bond and Partners West., Digital Video, Public Service Announcement promoting the international non-profit community support organization for the empowerment of girls and young women.

Director of Photography

1994    The Dent, 16 mm, 18 mins. gritty suburban comedy

1993    When I hear the sound..., 16 mm, 14 mins. experimental

1990    Mist, 16 mm, 22 mins. experimental narrative

 

1988    Pictures Lie, 16 mm, 17 mins. experimental


Production Manager and Line Producer / Assistant Director

 

2003    Once Upon a Jedi, Hi-Def, 28 mins.

1994    Voices and Choices, 16 mm, 20 mins.

1991    In Search of Juan Colorado, 16 mm, 35 mins.

1991    Blues Before Sunrise, 16 mm, 45 mins.

 

Interactive Media Design and Technical Consulting

 

2009    http://www.sunshineentertainment.net: a site promoting the New York City - Florionopolis, Brazil based film and television production company. Exhibits video samples and flash interface programming.

 

2005    http://www.3girlsiknow.com: a site for the promotion and sale of a documentary on the sexual mishaps and survival of three teenage girls across the United States. (dir. Paula Mozen)

 

2004    http://www.kesslercitylofts.com: a community-based site that supports the informational needs of a downtown condominium and its homeowners association

 

1997    ...dos, tres, muchos Guevaras, an interpretive digital installation at the Fowler Museum's exhibition, Che Guevara: Icon, Myth and Message. This project represents the global political influence of this 20th Century thinker guerrilla through the art his life and ideas inspired.

 

 

NEW MEDIA POSITIONS & BUSINESS VENTURES

 

1996-1997       Technical Director

Lab For New Media, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Los Angeles, California. Administer and coordinate digital activities, equipment and software. Design courseware and interface technology with curriculum for expressive and experimental web and disk based creations.

1996-1997          Interactive Multi-Media Producer & Senior Partner

                        TimeDesign Media Company, Los Angeles.

Developed, wrote and produced interactive commercial online promotional media. Clients included:
Clicquot Inc. (beverage) clicquot.com
One Thirty-Three Inc. (TV commercial production) one33.com
 

1996                Interactive Designer & Programmer

                        i33 Communications, New York City.

Developed interactive commercial and non-profit promotional and informational systems for the world wide web. Clients included:

                        The Cinema Guild (non-theatrical film distributor) cinemaguild.com

Leukemia Society of America (non-profit public service) leukemia.org
Reuters Health Information Services (medical news service) reutershealth.com
American Heart Association (non-profit public service) aha.org

 

1995 - 1996     Interactive Multi-Media Producer & Senior Partner

                        RedRover Media Company, New York City.

Developed, wrote and produced interactive commercial entertainment and online corporate promotional media. Projects and clients included:
NYNEX: this premiere internet presence for the East Coast telecommunications giant was part static, and part database dynamic. This enormous site was the envy of the marketing department. nynex.com
One-Thirty-Three: this commercial production company was a pioneer in showcasing its television commercial directors online. one33.com:
Cinema Guild: a tasteful interpretation of the catalog of programs offered by this long-standing distributor of non-theatrical films and videos. cinemaguild.com
Core Magazine: a thoughtful digital publication on the global culture of sex and desire, this cyber-magazine turned linear content into spiraling databases that demonstrated unique characteristics of web media. Invited appearance at Best of New York Design awards show. coremag.com

1995                Interactive Multi-Media Producer

                        ContentWare, New York City.

Coordinated the production of retail catalogs on CD ROM and the Internet with a groundbreaking company that gained the largest variety of products and the widest distribution of discs. Guided the production process from beginning to end so that all elements were produced on schedule to the clients' specifications.

 

TRADITIONAL MEDIA POSITIONS

1994                Story Editor & Researcher,

CBS and Blakeney Films, Los Angeles

Developed scripts for new television series. Generated and commented on story ideas, and researched details related to new episodes, their settings and characters.

1992-93           Post-Production Coordinator & Video Editor

1/33 Productions, Los Angeles & New York City

Supervised the post-production of commercials. Edited on a 3/4" SP off-line system. After completion of off-line editorial, supervised the on-line process to 1" and digital media.

 

VI. COURSES TAUGHT

2010-11           Interactive Media Workshop, Georgia State University, 4 Credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

2005-11           Screenwriting for the Short Film, Georgia State University, 3 Credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

1998-2011       Acting for the Camera, Georgia State University, 4 credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

2001-11           Digital Moving Image Production, Georgia State University, 4 credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

2001-11           Digital Postproduction, Georgia State University, 4 credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

2009-10           Sound Design for Film & TV/Media, Georgia State University, 4 Credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

2006                Documentary Film (History and Theory), Georgia State University, 3 Credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

2005                Audio-Post Production, Georgia State University, 3 Credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

2004                Cuba Today: The Media and Popular Arts of Contemporary Cuba, Georgia State University, Study Abroad Program, 3 Credits, semester system, Department of Communication

2000                Digital Filmmaking, Georgia State University, 4 credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

1998-2000       Digital Motion Imaging, Georgia State University, 3 and 4 credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

1999                Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, Georgia State University, 3 and 4 credits, semester system, Department of Communication.

 

1998                Digital Video Workshop, UC Irvine School of the Arts, 4 units, quarter system, Department of Studio Art.

 

1997                Interactive Narrative Workshop, UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, 4 units, quarter system, Department of Film and Television.

 

1997                               Creative Authoring for the World Wide Web, UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, 4 units, quarter system, Department of Film and Television.

 

 

VII. CREATIVE & SCHOLARLY WORK

 

CREATIVE PROJECTS

Writer, Producer, Director and Editor of Film and Video

 

2011    Transmigration, (feature fiction, Hi-Def, 96 mins) An American seeks escape from the landscape of his barren world so he meets up with his estranged brother, a Brazilian biologist who researches in the Amazon. Alcohol, jungle heat and snake bite combine to create dreams and hallucinations that release the fantasies and fears of a damaged masculine psyche. [completed, Premiere at international festival in Brazil]

 

2011    Portraits of the Malecón, (documentary, DV,  52 mins.) The musings of three Cubans from Havana, share their views quite literally, of the seawall that separates the city from the sea, and is the public refuge and living room (sometimes bedroom) of this great Latin American city. [completed, Premiere at documentary festival in Miami]

 

2011    Disclosures:, (short fiction, Hi-Def, 22 mins.) The date before sex is the last chance for full disclosure of sexual histories for two singles looking for a serious relationship. Past, present and future collapse in the minutes before the stories spill out of their mouths. Sheldon Schiffer developed the concept and contributed to the writing with screenwriter Christian Lockerman. [completed, Premiere at festival in Atlanta]

 

2007    Nailed!, (short fiction, Hi-Def video, 40 mins.) A Brazilian immigrant in search of a husband before her visa expires becomes ensnared in the scam of a pair counterfeit green card producing con artists. Produced, co-written and directed by Sheldon Schiffer, Atlanta.

 

2003    Comeuppance, (short fiction, Hi-Def video, 28 mins.) a woman spoken-word poet, intervenes in a racial conflict and uses the magical power of cinema to show how we might make peace.

 

2003    O-Negative (short fiction, Hi-Def video, 7 1/2 mins.) a white French patient in a hospital run by black African-Americans overcomes her fear of blood transfusions from racially different donors through her admiration of Gospel music

 

2003    The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag, (feature documentary, video, 58 mins. TV version) Three 30-something men evolve from the punk culture of their youth, into adulthood, through the creation of a lounge-punk band.

 

1999    The Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble, (television magazine segment for public broacasting, video, 6 mins.) Documentary video segment on the artistic work and social accomplishments of the Atlanta-based musical-theater performance group.

 

1993    Memories of Tata, (feature documentary, 16 mm, 52 mins.)

            Personal documentary film about manhood, memory and machismo, exploring the constructions of identity instilled by the Latino family and its patriarchal values.

 

1992    Dad's Last Flight, (feature fiction, 16 mm, 52 mins.)

Stuck in a depressive malaise, a son must find wisdom in the delusory dreams of his wayward father so that he might regain his desire to return to his family.

1989    One Night, (short fiction, 16 mm, 3 mins.)

            Sex remakes memory in time, a film about a one night stand.

1987    Frank and Dora, (short fiction, 16 mm, 3 mins.)

            A fictional letter gives meaning to the visual documents of two people.

1987    Narcissus, (short fiction, 16 mm, 3 mins.)

            The film itself becomes the reflective pool for the filmmaker.

1987    Ajax, video, (multi-camera TV, 87 mins.)

A televisual interpretation of a politically subversive theatrical performance of the ancient Greek play by Sophocles.

1986    Echo Me Quietly, (short poetry, Super 8, 13 mins.)

            A poetic waxing on one man's reasons to live.

 

Moving Image Composer and Editor for Moving Image Media

 

2011    Portraits on the Malecón, six cues with piano, cello and percussion. Written, performed and recorded for hour-long documentary about the seawall in Havana, Cuba, and the personalization of civic architecture.

 

2007    Nailed!, eight cues for guitar and percussion. Written, performed and recorded for 40-minute fiction film about an immigrant's journey to find love, endure betrayal and maybe obtain a Green Card.

 

2003    Comeuppance, four cues for piano and strings were written and performed electronically for this short fiction film about a woman spoken-word poet who intervenes in a racial and religious conflict and uses the magical power of cinema to show how we might make peace. Electronic music was composed and performed by collaborator Mike Koenig. Scores were mixed, edited and layered by Schiffer.

 

Interactive Author, Designer and Programmer

2011    Transmigration (www.sunshineentertainment.net/transmigration). A website promoting the fiction film, providing interactive components for press and audience.

 

2012    Portraits on the Malecón (www.mysteriouspictures.com/malecon). A website promoting the documentary, providing interactive components for press and audience..

 

2008    The Black Velvet Flag Forum (www.schiffer.gsu.edu/blackvelvetflag/bvfforum). A fan commentary website completely programmed in PHP to provide community response to the music of the band, and to provide an experimental means to study an web-based audience response.

 

2008    The Black Velvet Flag Game (www.schiffer.gsu.edu/blackvelvetflag/game). A flash based "board" game that translates the musical and cultural concept of the band into a playable dice rolling game. All media produced in Flash and Actionscript programming and playable on the Internet.

 

2006    http://www.schiffer.gsu.edu/malecón, promotional website for the upcoming documentary film, Portraits on the Malecón, an experimental documentary on the social uses of the historic architectural monument, the 7 kilometer-long sea wall that protects the city of Havana from the waves of the Florida straits.

2007    http://www.schiffer.gsu.edu/nailed, promotional website and press kit for the medium-length film, Nailed!, about a Brazilian immigrant who endures love and betrayal with her Green card forger.

 

2003    http://www.schiffer.gsu.edu/onegative, promotional website and press kit for the short film, O-Negative. Interviews, stills from the film, related links, reviews, screening history, credits, synopsis and web animation serve the interested festival programmer or reviewer.

 

2003    http://www.schiffer.gsu.edu/comeuppance, promotional website and press kit for the short film Comeuppance. Extensive interviews, trailer of the film in two digital formats, credits and bios, screening history and awards are exhibited online and serve the interested festival programmer or reviewer.

 

2003    http://www.schiffer.gsu.edu, teaching, research and creative production material are presented online to assist students, grant reviewers and others interested in my intellectual and creative accomplishments.

 

2002    http://www.schiffer.gsu.edu/blackvelvetflag, promotional website and press kit. Extensive interviews, samples of the film, music and documentary assets are exhibited online and in print. Subject biographies and film credits give opportunity for media journalists and film enthusiasts to find out more about the film.

 

2000    The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag, an Interactive Documentary, an experimental exploration of the documentary material collected for the film compiled and programmed for CD-ROM. The viewer has the ability to interact and create aleatory experiences that both consider the interests of the viewer and the intentions of the author. We follow three men's rise and fall of fame and misfortune as they ride the crest of popularity between retro-lounge and punk music and culture. Theirs is a universal story of the co-option of political impetus by the commercial forces of the cultural marketplace.

 

1995    The Old Road, an Interactive Documentary, an early form of interactive documentary that   examines the commercial architecture and road design of US Route 66, a winding and    now defunct highway that travels from Chicago to Los Angeles.

 

Screenwriting for films and videos

 

2011    Kismet, (feature fiction, co-writer) Two doctors, partners in a clinic, hold the vaccine for hepatitis-C. One wants to save the infected, the other wants fame and wealth. The two duel to the death in ways that only doctors know how to kill, for control of the future of their research. Ultimately, the film asks the question, can any extraordinary human achievement ever go uncorrupted by the ego-centric passions of their creators? Also completed the television pilot version. 

2010    Goodbye Komárom, (feature fiction, co-writer) A Hungarian family makes a harrowing escape from post-Holocaust Hungary with the help of a secret agent from the Haganah – a group of Zionist commandos who aided the passage of Eastern European Holocaust survivors to the budding nation of Israel. Re-written, and formerly titled Eboy.

 

2009    Transmigration, (feature fiction, Hi-Def, 96 mins) An American seeks escape from the landscape of his barren world so he meets up with his estranged brother, a Brazilian biologist who researches in the Amazon. Alcohol and jungle heat combine to create dreams and hallucinations that release the fantasies and fears of a damaged masculine psyche. [selected for production by investment company: Sunshine Entertainment Group]

 

2005    Nailed!, (short fiction) A Brazilian immigrant in search of a husband before her visa expires becomes ensnared in the scam of a pair counterfeit green card producing con artists. Sheldon Schiffer develop concept and co-wrote with screenwriter Loretta Paraguassu.

 

2005    Disclosures, (short fiction) The date before sex is the last chance for full disclosure of sexual histories for two singles looking for a serious relationship. Past, present and future collapse in the minutes before the stories spill out of their mouths. Sheldon Schiffer developed the concept and co-wrote with screenwriter Christian Lockerman.

 

2003    Fugue, (feature, seeking funding and competition recognition) a woman spoken-word poet, suffers an acute case of psychogenic amnesia. As she discovers her own identity, she realizes that the trauma of her illness was caused by her own crime of passion – the murder of her lover.

 

2001    Comeuppance, (short, shot in May 2001, completed in 2003) a woman spoken-word poet, intervenes in a racial conflict and uses the magical power of cinema to show how we might make peace.

 

2001    O-Negative, (short, shot in April 2001, completed in 2003) a white European patient in a hospital run by black African-Americans overcomes her fear of blood transfusions from racially different donors through her admiration of Gospel music.

 

 

BROADCAST & DISTRIBUTION

 

2005    Black Family Channel, (BFC, November 2005, National Cable Broadcast), Comeuppance was broadcast in more than 200 cable network outlets that received the BFC signal nationwide on a program entitled, Independent Showcase.

 

2003    Cinema Guild, (Non-Theatrical Distributor) The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag was acquired by the non-theatrical (academic and professional organization screenings) distribution company.

1999    A Celebration of the Arts (Local Public Television Arts Magazine Broadcast), The Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble, documentary segment of the program, aired twice on Georgia Public Television, PBS affiliate, December 1999

 

1996    Cinema Guild, (Non-Theatrical Distributor) Dad's Last Flight was acquired by the non-theatrical (academic and professional organization screenings) distribution company.

1994    Point of View a.k.a. POV, (National Public Television Program) Memories of Tata was acquired by the program for its 1994 series. It was broadcast on June 28, 1994 on a North American satellite PBS feed.

1994    Cinema Guild, (Non-Theatrical Distributor) Memories of Tata was acquired by the non-theatrical (academic and professional organization screenings) distribution company.

 

JURIED SCREENINGS AND SCREENPLAY READINGS

 

2011    New York Brazilian International Short Film Festival, Mid-Town Manhattan, New York City, Juried Screening, Nailed!

 

2011    Atlanta Shorts Festival, Georgia, Juried Screening, Disclosures

2011    Oaxaca International Independent Film & Video Festival, Oaxaca City, Mexico, Juried Screening, Portraits on the Malecón

2011    Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival, Chagrin Falls (Cleveland), Ohio, Juried Screening, Portraits on the Malecón

 

2011    Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival, Georgia, Juried Screening, Portraits on the Malecón

 

2011    Miami International Documentary Film Festival, Juried Screening, Portraits on the Malecón

2011    Cinesol, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, Juried Screening, Portraits on the Malecón

 

2011    Cuiabá International Film and Video Festival, Cuiabá, Mato Grosso Brazil, Juried Screening, Transmigration

 

2011    University Film and Video Association, Emerson University, Juried Screening, Portraits on the Malecón

2011    University Film and Video Association, Emerson University, Boston, Juried Reading, Kismet

 

2008    University Film and Video Association, Colorado College, Juried Screening, Disclosures

 

2008    Decatur Film and Arts Festival, Georgia, Juried Screening, Nailed!

2007    Curitiba International Film Festival, Curitiba, Brazil, Juried Screening, Nailed!

2007    Boston Latino Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, Juried Screening, Nailed!


2007    New England Film and Video Festival, Brookline/Boston, Massachusetts, Juried   Screening, Nailed!

 

2006    Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series, Invited Screening (3rd screening), Comeuppance

2007    Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, Juried Screening, Nailed!

 

2007    Sweet Auburn International Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, Juried Screening, Nailed!

 

2006    CineSol Film Festival 2006, Brownsville, Texas, Juried Screening, Nailed!


2006    University Film and Video Association, Chapman University, Juried Screening, Nailed!

2006    Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series, Invited Screening (2nd screening), Comeuppance

 

2005    Urban Literary Film Festival, Juried Screening, Comeuppance

 

2005    San Francisco Black Film Festival, Juried Screening, O-Negative

 

2005    Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival, Juried Screening, Comeuppance

 

2005    Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival, Juried Screening, O-Negative

 

2005    Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series, Juried Screening, Comeuppance

 

2004    University Film and Video Association Conference, University of  Toledo, Juried Screening, O-Negative

 

2004    University Film and Video Association Conference, Juried Screenplay Reading, Fugue

 

2004    Dallas International Video Festival, Juried Screening, O-Negative

 

2004    Dallas International Video Festival, Juried Screening, Comeuppance

 

2004    San Francisco Black Film Festival, Juried Screening, Comeuppance

 

2004    Independent Black Film Festival, Atlanta, GA, Juried Screening O-Negative

 

2004    Independent Black Film Festival, Atlanta, GA, Juried Screening Comeuppance

 

2003    IMAGE Film and Video Locals-Only Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, Juried Screening O-Negative

 

2003    Decatur Film Festival, Decatur, Georgia, Juried Screening Comeuppance

 

2003       DeKalb County Film Forum, Decatur, Georgia, Comeuppance

 

2003       University Film and Video Association, University of South Carolina, Juried Screening, The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag

 

2003    Atlanta Film Festival, Juried Screenplay Reading, Nailed!

 

2003    University Film and Video Association, University of South Carolina, Juried Screening, Comeuppance

 

2003    San Francisco Indie Film Festival, Micro-cinema, The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag

 

1995    San Antonio Latino Film Festival, Juried Screening, Memories of Tata

1994    Chicago Latino Film Festival, Juried Screening, Memories of Tata

1994    Margaret Mead Documentary Film Festival, Juried Screening, Memories of Tata

1993    San Francisco Latino Film Festival, Juried Screening, Memories of Tata

1993    South Beach Film Festival, Juried Screening, Memories of Tata

1993    Philadelphia International Film Festival, Juried Screening, Dad's Last Flight

 

1993    Big Muddy Film Festival, Juried Screening, Dad's Last Flight

 

1988    San Francisco Poetry Film Festival, Juried Screening, Echo Me Quietly

 

INVITED SCREENINGS, PAPERS AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

 

2010    Towson State University, Nailed! Guest lecturer and presenting filmmaker at the annual Brazilian-American Film Festival and Conference for the study of Brazilian culture in the United States, Brazil and abroad.

2009    Latin American Studies Association (LASA), at the Pontificate Catholic University (PUC), Rio de Janeiro "Spiritual Formalism: Latin American Inspirations of a Phenomenological Cinema," Presentation of written research and cinema criticism. An analysis of Marijins, do caixao and Araujo's, As tentacões do irmão Sebastião through the phenomenological lens of candomblé.

 

2009    Georgia State University Research at the Foundation of the House Rui Barbosa (FCRB), "Phenomenological Inspirations of a Work in Progress: Transmigration," Presentation of video clips from the new film with a discursive presentation of aesthetic philosophy.

 

2008    Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), "Um Batizado Cinematográfica / A Cinematic Baptism: Candomble and Capoeira in Hollywood Cinema," Presentation of written research and cinema criticism.

2008    University of California, Santa Cruz, "Creating Performances for Community Filmmaking," Presentation of research and cinema production techniques.

 

2007    Harvard University, Department of Romance Languages, Nailed! Guest lecturer and presenting filmmaker at the annual Brazil Week 2007 festival and conference for the study of Brazilian culture and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

2007    Georgia State University, Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Nailed! Guest lecturer and presenting filmmaker, Annual Symposium on Colonization

 

2007    University of Georgia, Department of Romance Languages, Nailed! Guest lecturer and presenting filmmaker

 

2007    Atlanta-Rio Sister Cities, Community Outreach Film Screening Celebrating Brazilian-American Immigration Nailed! Guest lecturer and presenting filmmaker

 

2007    School for Excellence High School, The Bronx, New York, 11th and 12th Grade Outreach
Film Screening Celebrating Civil Rights Comeuppance, Guest lecturer and filmmaker

 

2006    University Film and Video Association, "Clarissa: Mental Embraces," chapter from forthcoming Portraits of the Malecón

 

2006    Cine Coixpones (Year of the Woman Film Series), Invited Screening, Universidade Federal do Mato Groso, Brazil, Nailed!

 

2005    Eyedrum Inc., Atlanta, Nailed!, Guest Artists presentation. Curated community arts organization screening.

 

2004    University of Arizona, Tucson, Department of Media Arts, Guest Lecturer and Screening, "Creating Trans-Ethnic Characters" and Comeuppance

 

2004    American Culture Association / Popular Culture Association, National Conference, San Antonio, Texas, "The Performing Art of the Cover Song: Reifying the Past, Justifying the Present," Chair for panel, Rock, Film, and Contemporary Arts:  Talking About My Generation: Identity and Rock and Roll

 

2004       American Culture Association / Popular Culture Association, National Conference, San Antonio, Texas, The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag

 

2003    Towson University, Maryland, Department of Electronic Media and Film, Guest Lecturer and Screening, Memories of Tata and O-Negative

 

2003       University Film and Video Association Conference, Industry and New Technologies Panel, "A Phenomenological Discussion of Production Management in the Time of Digital Culture"

 

2003    Stanford University, California, Producción y Expresión: Course in film directing offered by the Center for Latin American Studies by the renown film director, Eliseo Subiela. Screened Comeuppance and facilitated discussion.

 

2000    Narrative: An International Conference, sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, "When Storytelling Becomes Gambling: Implications of Databases on Narrative Logic"

 

1999    American Association of Artificial Intelligence: Narrative Intelligence Panel, Presented paper and interactive CD-ROM, "The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag: An 'Intelligent' System for Youth Culture Documentary" and The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag, an Interactive Documentary

1999    Interactive Frictions Conference: Database Culture Panel, University of Southern California, Department of Cinema Studies, Presented paper and interactive CD-ROM, "The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag: An 'Intelligent' System for Youth Culture Documentary" and The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag, an Interactive Documentary

1999    Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Symposium Presentation and Screening: 100 Years of Latin American Cinema, Georgia State University, "How Men Learn to Be Men: Reflections on the Making of Memories of Tata," Presented paper and video clip.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS – JOURNAL ARTICLES

2010    The Cover Song As Historiography: Marker Of Ideological Transformation" in Play it Again: Cover Songs in Popular Music, Forthcoming 2010, Ashgate Press. 

 

2008    "Preparing to Perform the Other: Developing Roles 'Different' than One's Self" to appear in Filming Difference, c. 2008, University of Texas Press.

2000    "Ross McElwee", Critical Guide to Contemporary Directors, Wallflower Press, c. 2001

 

2000    "Alexander Payne", Critical Guide to Contemporary Directors, Wallflower , c. 2001

 

2000    "The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag: An 'Intelligent' System for Youth Culture Documentary", Narrative Intelligence. Michael Mateas and Phoebe Sengers, ed.  Advances in Consciousness Series.  Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, c. 2002. Revised from published proceedings of 1999.

 

1999    "The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag: An 'Intelligent' System for Youth Culture Documentary", conference proceedings published in Papers from the 1999 AAAI Fall Symposium, AAAI Press (American Association of Artificial Intelligence)

1999    "Morbid Fascinations Into Active Transformations", Atlanta Press, Editorial Column, Two Cents, Commentary on the news coverage of the death of JFK Jr., August 1999.

1986    "At the Center of Johns' Target", Voyeur, vol. 3, num. 1, an analysis of Jasper Johns' recognition of the power of the graphic signifier over the eye and the body.

1985    "A Classical Referent of Photography and Fashion", Voyeur, vol. 1 no. 3

 


PUBLISHED CITATIONS & REVIEWS OF CREATIVE WORK

 

2009    Marcus, Alan, "The Other Latinos," Journal of Latin American Anthropology, book review of The Other Latinos, Jose Luis Falconi and Jose Antonio Mazzotti, eds. The Rockefeller Center Series on Latin American Studies, Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Reference to Nailed!

 

2008    Tosta, Luciano, "American Dream, Jeitinho Brasileiro: On the Crossroads of Cultural Identities in Brazilian-American Literature." The Other Latinos, Jose Luis Falconi and Jose Antonio Mazzotti, eds. The Rockefeller Center Series on Latin American Studies, Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 2008. Comparative and interpretive discourse of the film Nailed! (Reprinted article in new text.)

 

2007    Tosta, Luciano, "American Dream, Jeitinho Brasileiro: On the Crossroads of Cultural Identities in Brazilian-American Literature." Companion to US Latino Literatures. Carlota Caulfield & Darién Davis, eds. London: Boydell & Brewer, 2007. Comparative and interpretive discourse of the film Nailed!

 

2005    Campos, Eric, Review of The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag, appearing in Film Threat, April 6, 2005 online at: www.filmthreat.com/Reviews.asp?Id=7334

2004        Hendrix, Dean, Review of The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag, appearing in Educational Media Reviews Online, June 18, 2004, online at: www.libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=1638

 

2003    Skitic, John, Review of The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag, appearing in Library Journal,

 

 

EDITORIAL/REVIEWER OF ARTICLES, BOOKS & FILM/VIDEO PROJECTS

 

2008    Dark Secrets of Red Fruits, by David Tetzlaff, Respondent. Wrote review on his fiction film based on a short story set in colonial New England. Lead public discussion after screening the film to audience at University Film Video Association Conference.

 

2008    Grandma Has a Video Camera, by Tânia Cypriano, Respondent. Wrote review about her documentary film. Lead public discussion after screening at the "Brazilian-Americans in Georgia and Beyond: a Multi-Disciplinary Symposium," University of Georgia.

 

2006    There Goes the View, by Carolyn McCartney, Respondent. Wrote review about her experimental documentary on the commercial appropriation of public space. Lead public discussion after screening the film to audience at University Film Video Association Conference.

 

2006    Sita, A Girl from Jambu, by Kathleen Mann, Respondent, Wrote review and lead public discussion after screening her ethnographic documentary film to audience at University Film Video Association Conference.

2005    Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film & Television, Lenore Dekoven, Focal Press, 2006, Book Review for publisher.

2005    The Grammar of the Shot, Roy Thompson. Focal Press, 1998. Book Review for publisher.

 

2004    In the Bathroom , by Jaqueline Frost, Respondent, Wrote review and lead public discussion after screening the film to audience at University Film Video Association Conference.

 

2004    Out with a Bang, by Rob Sabal, Respondent, Wrote review and lead public discussion after live reading of the script to audience at University Film Video Association Conference..

 

2004    Liver on the Run, by Evan Smith, Respondent, Wrote review and lead public discussion after live reading of the script to audience at University Film Video Association Conference.

 

2003    Armond and Jon, by Ed Feil. Respondent, Wrote review and lead public discussion after screening the film to audience at University Film Video Association Conference.

 

2000    Journal of Film and Video, Anonymous Reader, Reviewed for publication one article under consideration for editor Dr. Frank Tomasulo.

 


GRANTS AND EXTERNAL FUNDING

2011                Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Georgia State University Professional Advancement Grant & Institutional Support Grant, for festival submission and presentation and travel expenses Portraits on the Malecón.

 

2010                Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Georgia State University Professional Advancement Grant & Institutional Support Grant, for the project Transmigration for post-production.

 

2007                Georgia State University, Research Initiation Grant for Creative Project, for completion of post-production for the documentary Portraits of the Malecón

 

2007                Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Georgia State University Professional Advancement Grant, Portraits of the Malecón for post-production

 

2005                City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Contract of Individual Artist Project, for the production of Nailed!

 

2004                Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Georgia State University Professional Advancement Grant, for production of Portraits of the Malecón

 

2004                Department of Communication, Georgia State University, Summer Research and Creative Projects Fund, for production of Portraits of the Malecón

 

2003                Department of Communication, Georgia State University, Summer Research and Creative Projects Fund for article Preparing to Perform the Other.

 

2001                Department of Communication, Georgia State University, Summer Research and Creative Projects Fund for production of Comeuppance

 

1999                                Department of Communication, Georgia State University, Summer Research and Creative Projects Fund for production of The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag

 

1994                National Latino Communications Consortium - Minority Investment Fund Grant

1993                Western States Regional Media Arts Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts Grant

1993                Andy Warhol Fund for the Visual Arts Grant

1993                MacArthur Foundation Grant

1987-91                      Jacob K. Javits National Fellow

 

1985-87                     University of California Regents Scholar

 

 

VIII. PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

MEMBERSHIP

University Film Video Association (UFVA)

 

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

 

 

IX. AWARDS, HONORS AND RECOGNITION

 

2011                Atlanta International Documentary Festival (Atlanta, Georgia), Best Local Filmmaker, Portraits on the Malecón

 

2007                Curitiba International Film Festival 2007 (Curitiba, Brazil), Honorable Mention for Fiction, Nailed!

 

2006                First Runner-Up Best Narrative Film, University Film Video Association, Nailed!

 

2004                Screenplay Competition Finalist, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Fugue

 

2003                Jury Selection Committee Prize, Decatur Film Festival, Comeuppance

 

2003                Finalist, IMAGE, Southeastern Mediamaker's Award, Nailed

 

2003                                Honorable Mention, University Film and Video Association, Juried Screening, The Rise and Fall of Black Velvet Flag

 

2003                Honorable Mention, University Film and Video Association, Juried Screening, Comeuppance

 

1993                Second Place, Best Documentary, South Beach Film Festival, Memories of Tata

1988                Honorable Mention, San Francisco Poetry Film Festival, Echo Me Quietly

 

X. SPECIAL SKILLS

 

Software Mastery

Final Cut Pro 7

Avid Xpress and Media Composer

Logic Pro

Soundtrack Pro 3
ProTools 9
After Effects CS5

Illustrator CS5
Photoshop CS5

Dreamweaver CS5
Fireworks CS5
Flash CS5

Premiere CS5
Maya 2010

Computer Language Fluency

 

ActionScript
Javascript

PHP

XHTML
CSS
XML

 

Human Language Fluency

Spanish - Fluent

Portuguese - Fluent

English - Native