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Pablo Frasconi, B.F.A.

Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts
Work Phone: 213.740.7244
Office: SCA 434

Pablo Frasconi has been making films since 1969, when, at age 17, he won the National Newsweek-Bolex Documentary Film Contest with Redevelopment, a critique of conditions in his hometown, South Norwalk, Connecticut. Since, he has made films about the U.S. bicentennial, gentrification, childhood literacy, public art, creativity, civil liberties, and poetry. He has received 19 grants and fellowships from national, regional, and private entities including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Film Institute.

His films, including, The Woodcuts of Antonio Frasconi, Towards the Memory of a Revolution, Survival of a Small City, and The Longing, have been screened throughout the world, including the Festival dei Popoli, Firenze, Italy; National PBS Broadcast; The International Festival of Films on Architecture, “The Future of the City;” the Smithsonian Institution; The Museum of Modern Art; the Havana International Film Festival; the International Festival of Films on Art and Architecture; and the Black Maria Film Festival. He has worked as a cinematographer and editor for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Asia Society; and Weston Woods Studios. His latest film is The Light at Walden, based off of Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and Walden, funded by the Park Foundation, New York, an a grant from USC: Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences; sponsored by the Center for Independent Documentary, Inc., in Massachusetts.

He is currently Professor of Practice in the Production Division at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC where he teaches Editing; Creating Poetic Cinema; Nature, Deisign, and Media (in the new Media Arts + Practice Division); mentors advanced graduate projects, and coordinates the first year of the graduate M.F.A. production program. He recently designed and taught the USC-YouTube Creator Institute; the USC/Disney Studios Producing and Directing Course; a seminar in World Building with Alex McDowell; a workshop at the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching on Contemplative Pedagogies; and was invited by the USC Provost to conduct a seminar in Transmedia and Political Engagement, and, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Guided Visualizations. He has previously taught at The New School; the State University of New York, College at Purchase; Occidental College, the University of Hawaii; Cinecitta, Rome, Italy; and the Communication University of China, Beijing. Recent speaking engagements include: Text & Subtext: Creating Poetic Cinema, at the Beijing Film Academy; The Tranvergence Summit: The Future of Content (Transmedia and Cross-Platform Storytelling), Los Angeles; and The Source: Mindfulness, Meditation, & Visualizations in the Creative Process, Graduate Annenberg Fellows Micro Seminar, USC.

His films have been distributed by the American Federation of Arts, NYC; The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Filmmaker’s Library, NYC; and El Museo del Barrio, NYC.