Video Essays


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The First Woman Filmmaker

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,
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The Joy of Norman Mclaren

This film celebrates the work of Norman Mclaren (1914-1987), a pioneer in the art of filmmaking and drawn-on-film animation. It explores some of McLaren’s filmmaking techniques and what makes his work. Produced for FANDOR.


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 Hollywood. 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.

 



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.

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.