Kwame Braun is a filmmaker and film teacher.

After an early career as a scenic artist in theater and television, he attended New York University’s Graduate Program of Film and Television, graduating in 1988. A year-long Fulbright residence in Ghana generated the material for his first documentaries, passing girl; riverside (1997, left) and Stageshakers! Ghana’s Concert Party Theatre (2001), both of which have screened at international ethnographic film festivals, including the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival in New York City. His subsequent projects arose out of collaborations with teaching colleagues: At UC Santa Barbara he made Video Portraits of Survival, a series of portraits of area Holocaust refugees and survivors, with film scholar Janet Walker; the collection premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2007.
At UC Berkeley, he produced Take 5, 25 short videos to accompany the exhibition Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr (2012), in collaboration with theatre scholar Catherine Cole, utilizing images from the more than 6000 images that Adams made of the University of California system for its Centennial Celebration in 1968. His short video demonstration of Adams’ Zone System has been viewed over 22,000 times on YouTube.

Symmetry #8
While teaching at Berkeley, Braun began to create video projections for theater and dance, starting with Symmetry #8, Jess Curtis/Gravity for Berkeley Dance Project in 2008 (right). Further projects with the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies included Slaughter City (2010), Measure for Measure (2011), The Ruling Class (2013), and Chavez Ravine (2016). In 2014, he designed projections for the premiere of Carson Kreitzer’s Lasso of Truth at Marin Theatre Company. Since moving to Seattle, he has created videos for Mary’s Wedding at Portland Center Stage, and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at UW’s Meany Studio Theater. A long-term project is a work-in-progress, Both Eyes Open, a chamber opera by playwright Philip Kan Gotanda and composer Max Duykers.

Braun sometimes makes video art, as a hobby. This one, Ocean Mosaic, is a smartphone party game, to be played on a grid of smartphones.

Symmetry #8, Berkeley Dance Project, 2008
Choreography by Jess Curtis/Gravity

Slaughter City, by Naomi Wallace,
directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly,
set by Eric Sinkkonen at the Zellerbach Playhouse,
UC Berkeley, 2010

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