Kwame Braun, Continuing Lecturer, Fall 2015

KwameKwame Braun is a documentary filmmaker, specializing in performance.  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 a 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 previously taught film and video production at Chicago’s Columbia College, and at UC Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.  In recent years, in addition to creating video projections for theatre and dance, he has produced, in collaboration with film scholar Janet Walker, “Video Portraits of Survival, Volumes I and II,” the first a collection of student-made video portraits of Holocaust refugees and survivors in Santa Barbara, the second a further collection of video portraits he made with Walker and filmmaker Renée Bergen.  Both collections premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in 2006 and 2007 respectively. His most recent project was a series of video interviews to accompany an exhibition—“Fiat Lux Redux”—of selections from the more than 6000 images that Ansel Adams made of the University of California system for its Centennial Celebration in 1968.