Dominic philosophy about film and students can be summed up this way: Put a camera in the hands of a kid and great things will happen. He has been an English teacher at Pius XI High Schoolfor eight years, where he teaches courses at all levels; his special interests include world mythologies, creative writing, media literacy, and film analysis. As the moderator of the Pius Film Society, Dominic gathers students each week to experiment with the medium. After holding an informal movie contest at Pius a few year ago, he saw interest grow and spread to other schools. And in February 2005, he teamed up with James Carlson of Bucketworks and Milwaukee Spotlight was born, opening in May of that year.
Dominic continues to integrate video into his school’s curriculum: last year his students created two original shorts; this year he is introducing PSA and documentary film-making to his students, and he is also working to complete his own full-length documentary, Emancipation, Wisconsin, which examines Milwaukee’s recent wave of violent crime and the individuals and organizations working for peace.
James Carlson is Executive Director and founder of the School Factory, a non-profit organization that creates learning centers, schools, venues, and creative spaces for America, such as Bucketworks, a health club for the brain, and the Young Women’s Institute for Global Studies, a small highschool, both in Milwaukee.
James has over twenty years experience with business and information technology in a social context, from implementation through design and architecture. James has worked with the world’s largest corporations such as Proctor and Gamble, Best Buy, France Telecom, McDonalds, Sony Pictures, the IRS, and the US Army on their online global communications, marketing, and information sharing strategies. He has experience in leading both for-profit and non-profit corporations, and is now developing America’s infrastructure for cultural creativity.
Denzel is a sophomore at Pius XI High School. He is involved with many extracurricular activities such as football, basketball, golf, and track. In the summer of 2006, he produced and directed his first film,Assassin, and is currently writing the sequel. Denzel plans to have Part II filmed and finished by summer 2008.
Sophomore, Pius XI High School
Senior, South Milwaukee High School
Erin is a high school senior at Franklin High School. She intends to pursue a career in film production after college. She has been making her own films since she was 11 years old.
Karen is an English and Media & Technology teacher at W. E. B. DuBois High School in Milwaukee. She is also the President of theNational Telemedia Council, a national non-profit organization that has been promoting the concept of media literacy for five decades.
Media Specialist, Milwaukee Public Schools
Jennifer has worked to help youth make art, produce media and have fun for the most of her life. She currently works as the Project Director for docUWM, a new documentary center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.
Jonathan graduated from Regent University in 1985 with a Master’s Degree in Communications. Since that time he has worked in various positions in the New York City/New Jersey area, from Senior Video Editor and Videographer to Media Director. After moving to Milwaukee in 2003, Jonathan has been working as a freelance videographer, editor and media consultant, and is currently employed at MATA Community Media as a Project Manager in the Education Department.
Marla graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2006. Her major area of study was in Printmaking, however her concentration during school and since then has been in Video and Video Installation. She now works at MATA Community Media, Milwaukee’s Public Access Television Station, in the Education Department teaching students video production and media literacy.
Franklin High School parent
Toni is a frequent consumer of film and feels film is best experienced at the theater with other people. Toni is a graduate of Alverno College with a BA in Professional Communications and minor in Arts and Humanities. Toni has worked in the HR Profession for the past twelve years and is involved in a number of professional and community organizations. She is currently employed with Clifton Gunderson LLP, CPA and Consultants.
Holly is in her final semester at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, graduating with Film Production and Film Studies majors along with minors in Television Communications and English. She has coordinated the New Directors program for the 2005 Milwaukee International Film Festival and the 24-Hour Film Contest for the 2006 festival. She has judged films for Spotlight and the Milwaukee International Film Festival the last 2 years. Holly is currently working on 3 films. She plans to become involved in the growing Milwaukee film community immediately following graduation.
Webmaster (and WikiGnome) for Emergency Digital.
Tegan comes to technology as an enthusiastic amateur, stumbling into wiki and the whole web 2.0/webware phenomenon at exactly the right moment – now she has the happy privilege of being in a position to further her own delight in helping worthy individuals and organizations harness newly user-friendly tech