Kwame Braun is a filmmaker, specializing in performance documentary and theatre projections. His African videos—passing girl; riverside and Stageshakers!—have screened at international ethnographic film festivals, including New York City’s Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival. After an early career as a scenic artist in theatre and television, he attended New York University’s Graduate program of Film and Television, graduating in 1988. He has taught film and video production at Chicago’s Columbia College, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Berkeley. Recent projects include: Video Portraits of Survival, a series of video portraits of Holocaust refugees and survivors in Santa Barbara, made in collaboration with film scholar Janet Walker and filmmaker Renée Bergen, and premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2007; 25 short videos to accompany the exhibition Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr (2012) selections from the more than 6000 images that Ansel Adams made of the University of California system for its Centennial Celebration in 1968; and extensive projections for Culture Clash’s Chavez Ravine, directed by Sean San Jose in Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. He is currently creating projections for Philip Kan Gotanda and Max Duyker’s chamber opera, Both Eyes Open.
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