Video Essays


The First Woman Filmmaker

STAFF PICK from Vimeo. Alice Guy-Blaché was a trailblazer in every aspect of cinema, yet nobody has heard of her. From 1896 to 1920 she directed over 1,000 films. Produced for Fandor, the online video streaming site for film lovers.

Hidden Figures: Katherine Johnson

A short bio of space scientist, Katherine Johnson, who was the main character in Hidden Figures (2016), played by the actress, Taraji P. Henson. This video was produced for Fandor

Fenced Out: The Negro Leagues

A brief history of Negro League baseball, and the backstory of the 2017 Best Picture nominee, FENCES, directed and starring Denzel Washington. Produced for Fandor.

Oscars NOT So White

In 2017 there were multiple nominations for people of color in multiple major categories. This was not the case in 2016 which spurred the #oscarsSOwhite movement criticizing the lack of diversity in This video offers a glimpse of what inclusion looks like. What a difference a year makes. Produced for Fandor.

We Owe A Lot to Lotte Reiniger

German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger (1899 – 1981) was the true trailblazer of silhouette animation. This video reviews Reiniger’s process for creating evocative and expressive silhouette animation, providing many examples of her ageless work. Produced for Fandor.

City Symphonies of
New York City

New York City has been the subject matter for many City Symphonies. In this video I highlight two: Manhatta, directed by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand, and A Bronx Morning, directed by Jay Leyda. Produced for Fandor.com.

 

Searching for Penn
Station

There was no place like the original Penn Station in NYC. It was a Beaux Arts Masterpiece, completed in 1910, that was sadly demolished in 1963 to make room for it's awful replacement. Thing is you can still enter it in the movies. Here's how. Produced for Fandor.com.

Lady Lands

These films provide the most blatant, albeit campy, examples of straw feminism, the fallacy whereby female characters start out strong only to be taken down from their perches, and to learn that they really didn’t belong there anyway. Produced for Fandor.