Black Lives Matter in Baltimore: My Colleague Christopher Metzger Travels to Art Basel in Miami Beach

My colleague Christopher Metzger, formerly of Morgan State University, now of Stevenson University (as of Fall 2015), created an outdoor installation with his students at Morgan in the Spring of 2015, on the theme of Black Lives Matter.

He took his inspiration from French photographer JR’s Inside Out Project

Metzger’s work was invited to be a part of Art Basel in Miami Beach, in December, 2015.

I edited the above video piece – and shot the additional talking head interviews – for Metzger to have playing as part of his exhibit. Enjoy!

Two Seasons of “The University,” Stevenson’s Webcast SitCom

The University

For the past two years, students in the Department of Film/Video at Stevenson University have written, produced, shot and edited a situational comedy for broadcast on Stevenson’s internal “portal” website. Loosely modeled on the U.S. version of “The Office,” “The University” follows the marvelous misadventures of one Hank Howard, videographer extraordinaire (in his own mind, anyway), played by yours truly.

Now, after two seasons, I share with you all 16 episodes (7 from Season 1, and 9 from Season 2). I am very proud of the work the students have done. It’s not easy writing an ongoing web series on top of one’s regular school work, and managing to keep the plot lines flowing consistently and continuously from episode to episode.

You can watch the series on Vimeo or YouTube. Take your pick. Enjoy! And thank you for watching.

Stevenson Film/Video at the 2013 Maryland Film Festival

Today, 17 students and graduates of Stevenson University’s Department of Film/Video went down to the Maryland Film Festival to spend the day watching movies.

Before they started their movie marathons, however, they first met with Lotfy Nathan, director of the acclaimed new documentary 12 O’Clock Boys, which had its Baltimore premiere at this year’s film fest, for an hour-long discussion about filmmaking.

Here I am, flanked by Maryland Film Festival director Jed Dietz, on the left, and 12 O’Clock Boys director Lotfy Nathan on the right:

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Spring 2013 Artist-in-Residence Ishai Setton visits SU

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2013-04-27_Ishai Setton visits SU_14, a photo by Christopher Llewellyn Reed on Flickr. Click on photo for more.

Ishai Setton, Los Angeles-based director (The KitchenThe Big Bad SwimThree Days of Normal) and editor (Glee and Artifact), was our Spring 2013 Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Film/Video at Stevenson University. He came out from L.A. for two days: April 27-28, 2013.

He screened The Kitchen on Saturday, April 27, and then screened and watch 4 Senior Film/Video projects and gave feedback on them the next day, while also leading a discussion about work and life in Hollywood.

A good (and informative) time was had by all.

All photos in which I (the bald man) am present were taken by Jose Sarmiento, SU Film/Video Class of 2013.

ARRI Alexa Demo

Guenter Noesner from Arriflex came to school today to demo the ARRI Alexa, an amazing camera used to shoot the latest James Bond film Skyfall, among many other films and TV shows. What was great about Guenter’s presentation was that he spent so much time describing the engineering behind the camera, and the science of sensors, which was incredibly beneficial to our students. Thanks, Guenter! For more photos, click on the one, above, to be taken to my flickr site.

Errol Webber – thanks for being our Artist-in-Residence!

Now that his visit has come and gone, I just want to give a big thank you to Errol for being our Fall 2012 Film/Video Artist-in-Residence. The students enjoyed your visit, and you taught them so much.

Above, Errol signs one of the posters we made for his 9/13 screening of Ithemba, while yours truly grins like an idiot . . . Click on that photo to be taken to my flickr site, where you’ll find all of the photos from the three days of Errol’s residency.

Errol Webber’s workshops rocked today

You can see more photos of Errol Webber ( at work today at Stevenson by clicking on the photo, which will take you to my flickr site. You can see his workshop/screening schedule here: