Associate Professor of Digital Media
School of Communication, Room 367
Research and teaching interests
Kurt Lancaster is a digital filmmaker, producing both documentaries and short fiction screened at national and international festivals. His current research includes video and documentary journalism for the web, as well as DSLR cinematography (how digital filmmakers use DSLRs to shoot film projects). As part of this research, he also explores new ways to apply digital storytelling to online journalism. In addition, Kurt consulted for the Pulitzer prize winning international newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor—training their reporters on video journalism for the web, as well as editing video for the San Francisco Chronicle. Formerly, Kurt taught at Fort Lewis College, MIT, and NYU.
- EMF 129 Intro to Audio/Visual Storytellin
- EMF 225 Production Techniques
- EMF 326 Field Production
- EMF 405 Field Production Topics (DSLR Cinematography, Documentary)
Representative Research and Creative Activity
Video Journalism for the Web: A Practical Introduction to Documentary Storytelling. Routledge, 2012.
DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video. Focal Press, 2011.
“The Performative Language Games of Dramapolitik: How Abraham Lincoln became an intellectual patriot and George W. Bush became a cowboy diplomat.” International Journal of Communication. (Vol. 2) 2008: 1043-1079.
“News Media Coverage of the Iraq War in Basra, Fall 2007: A case study in ‘spinning’ news for the state. International Journal of Communication #2 (2008): 976-992.
Digital Films & Web Stories
Documentary Icarus Refried: A Co-Creative Process
Cher Lyn: A healing journey
Folding Paper Cranes
Dreams from a Red Planet
Skins Anatomy: The making of a scene
Beijing Portrait: Tian Tan, The Temple of Heaven
Robert Wilson’s still lives in motion (barely)
The Death of September
Links of interest
Digital Cinema Society
International Documentary Association
The Digital Journalist
PhD, Performance Studies, New York University, 1999
MA, Theater, University of Maine, Orono, 1991
BA, English, Principia College, 1989