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CARVIN EISON CV

TEACHING & ADVISING

 

Courses Taught at SUNY Brockport

  • CMC 202 Principles of Communication

  • CMC 211 Protest and Public Opinion

  • CMC 243 Writing for Radio and Television

  • CMC 348 Television Production (designed)

  • CMC 358 Electronic News Gathering/Field Production (designed)

  • CMC 446 Advanced Electronic Production (designed)

  • CMC 448 Live Television Production Apprentice/Service Learning (designed)

  • CMC 450 Preparation for Documentary (designed)

  • CMC 452 Documentary Production (designed)

  • CMC 496 Contemporary Media Issues (designed)

  • CMC 596 Contemporary Media Issues (graduate)  (designed)

  • JRB   243 Media Writing 1

  • JRB   448 Live Television Production Apprentice/Service Learning

  • JRB   446 Advanced Electronic Production

  • JRB   496 Contemporary Media Issues/Capstone (designed)

  • JRB   596 Contemporary Media Issues (graduate)

Teaching Residencies

  • Guest Lecturer at Capital Normal University, Beijing, China - 2010

  • Guest lecturer at the National Film and Television Institute, University of Accra, Ghana - 2010

  • Rochester Community Media Center -  2003-Present

  • Visual Studies Workshop - 1987

  • Allofus Art Workshop - 1980

  • Project Unique, Rochester City School District -  1978

 

Curriculum Development

  • Developed the Capstone course Dept. of Journalism, Broadcasting and Public Relations

           

Undergraduate Advising

  • Ongoing

 

Independent/Directed Studies

  • Average one every semester, 4 during 2023-2024

 

SELECTED MEDIA PUBLICATIONS

Selected evidence of scholarly output:

 

Feature Films

  • Frederick Douglass Bicentennial, WIP - 2017 – 2019

  • A Charge to Keep, WIP - 2014   

  • Shadows of the Lynching Tree - 2010

  • July ’64: Roots of Urban Unrest -  2004   

  • Touring Jubilee 1924, Garth Fagan Dance -  1984

  • Get Up, Stand Up - 1983

  • In Motion: Amiri Barraka (collaboration with Sinclair Bourn) - 1980

 

Short Films

  • Home, Acceess Denied - 2023

  • Yonder Come the Blues - 2015

  • The Mountaintop - 2015

  • Aftereffect - 2013

  • A Shadow from the Lynching Tree -  2012

  • Lynchmorde in den USA - 2012

  • Shadows of the Lynching Tree - 2010

  • Drum Major for Justice -  2007

  • Oatka Trail -  2005

  • Garth Fagan Dance - 2001

  • Freddie Thomas Is Our Hero - 2000

  • Our Stories, Our Selves -  2000

  • Touring Jubilee 1924 -Professional -  1984

  • Earle Murphy’s Winter Olympics, PBS/WXXI - 1980

  • International Summer Special Olympics, PBS/WXXI - 1979

  • The Denise Hawkins Incident (graduate school) - 1976

  • Let’s Be Little, Let’s Be Big (graduate school) - 1974

Television Series

  • What's Next - A Teen Health Communication Video Campaign  - 2002-2004

    • Angel of Mine                                                 

    • Looking out 4U                                                          

    • A Rose for Livvy                                             

  • Perfectly Clear (Public Affairs TV Series) - 2000 – 2002

  • The Home Show (13) - 1998

  • 27:40, WXXI (weekly news series) -  1986

  • 21 Review, WXXI (guest starring: Keith Jarrett, Garth Fagan Alan Ginsburg, Marcel Marceau, Wynton Marsalis, Albert Paley) - 1984-1985

  • Que Pasa?, WXXI - 1982-1983

 

Television Commercials

  • Garth Fagan Dance - 1980-present

  • The College at Brockport - 1990

  • University of Rochester - 1999

  • SUNY Geneseo -  2000

  • Clover Capital Management - 2001

  • Messenger-Post Newspapers -  2001

  • WXIR-LPFM - 2017

 

Commissioned Projects

  • Rite of Spring - 2023

  • Care for the Caregiver -  2002

  • Elder Abuse Shorts Series (6) -  2001

  • All About Ability - 1999   

  • Ulysses: A Modern Odyssey - 1994

  • Montage ’93 - 1993

  • Literacy Volunteers/video - 1991

  • Ralph Bunche Scholarship Fund - 1990

  • Citibank Instructional Video - 1990

  • KODAK Allen Processor -  1989

  • The Challenge - 1988

  • Frontline Music Festival featuring Harry Belafonte - 1988

  • Global Carnival/ concert, Zimbabwe, Africa - 1988

  • Chuck Mangione, concert, PBS/WXXI - 1986

  • All American Party Rock, concert, PBS/WXXI - 1985

 

PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

  • Project Director, Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass - 2018-Present

 

Invited Lectures

  • July '64 screening and discussion with new interns in department at City Hall for the City of Rochester - 06/24

  • July '64 screening and discussionUrban Fellows Program, University of Rochester - 05/28/24

  • Bob Marley: One Love, Moderator of Panel Discussion at Cinemark Tinseltown - 02/14/24

  • Memory of Place: Sin, Pictures and Progress, Writers and Books - 05/29/19

  • Memory of Place: Sin, Pictures and ProgressCharlene M. Tanner Speaker Series, Mercyhurst University - 04/24/19

  • July ’64, Urban Fellows Program, University of Rochester - 05/29/19                                                                    

  • Memory of Place, Sin, Pictures and Progress, Keynote address Spring Convocation, St. John Fisher College  - 01/10/19

  • Shadows of the Lynching Tree, The College at Brockport - 02/20/19

  • Shadows of the Lynching Tree, St. John Fisher College -  02/26/19

  •  Memory of Place Sin, Pictures and Progress, Keynote presenter,  Association for Public Historians of New York State - 10/01/18

  •   July ’64, Keynote speaker, Monroe Community College - 10/13/18   

  •  Shadows of the Lynching Tree, Greater Rochester Council of Churches Faith Action, Keynote Speaker - 03/23/16

                                     

Conference & Panel Presentations

  • Frederick Douglass and Public, panel discussion,  Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY -  04/17/19

  • Lessons of the Hour: Frederick Douglass/panelist, Rochester Institute of Technology - 12/04/18

  • The Power of Film & Media/Social Justice Dialogue - 10/2015

Invitation/panel/moderator. University of Rochester , Diversity Conference. Elissa Orlando, VP for Television, Amen Ptah, graduate, The College at Brockport 2013.                        

  • TEDX Flour City - 06/15/14

Eastman School of Music, Kilborne Hall. “Legal and Moral." (tedxflourcity.com/?q=speaker/2014/carvin-eison) I examine how previously intentional acts of legal and moral discrimination continue to influence modern society and social structure.                  

  • QUESTION BRIDGE: BLACK MALES - Fall 2014

A collaboration Rochester Community Media and Rochester Contemporary Art Center, QUESTION BRIDGE: BLACK MALES is an innovative transmedia project that facilitates a dialogue between black men from diverse and contending backgrounds. I hosted two discussions including the November 7th talk with Artist Luvon Shepard and Choreographer Garth Fagan. I also coordinated and hosted the final discussion which featured mayor, Bill Johnson, Professor John Klofis and Van Henri White Esq. Carvin Eison's question bridge profile.

Printed Scholarship

  • Democrat and Chronicle Guest Essayist -  04/18/13 

SELECTED MEDIA EXPOSURE

 

  • Be Brave Magazine, Issue No. 5 - Cover Story - 02/22/24

  • CITY Newspaper Feature Story - 04/6/16

April 6, 2016 City Newspaper featured a cover story entitled LENS WIDE OPEN, on me and my work as a filmmaker, educator and general manager of RCTV.         

January 1, 2014 feature profile [Carvin Eison] spent 40 years producing films and television programs that tackle a variety of subjects. He's served as a videographer for Garth Fagan Dance, produced a current affairs program, and recently released a film, "Shadows of the Lynching Tree," that examines the history and lingering impacts of lynching in America. He worked at WXXI for 10 years and was also part of the team that produced "July '64," a 2004 documentary about the 1964 race riots in Rochester.

 

 

SELECTED AWARDS

 

  • 2024 Black Heritage Pioneer Award from the City of Rochester - 04/13/24

  • Rochester Black Men Achieve Award 

 Distinguished News/Media Professional of the Year -   2019

  • Diversity Engagement Award

             The College at Brockport -  2014

  • Aftereffect

            Alliance for Community Media, e Town Video Fest Best PSA, national - 2013

  • Shadows of the Lynching Tree

            Texas Black Film Festival/Best Documentary-  2011

  • Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Endeavor

           State University of New York The College at Brockport - 2007

  • July ’64: Roots of Urban Unrest

    • Gold Winner, Aurora -  2006

    • Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence -  2005

    • Huston International Film Fest, Silver REMI - 2005

    • Bronze Telly - 2005

    • Eric Barnouw Award of the Organization of American Historians - 2004

    • New York State Emmy Nomination/Best Direction - 2004

    • New York State Emmy Nomination/Best Historic/Cultural Programming - 2004

  • Oatka Trail (dance video)

                  Bronze Telly - 2005

  • Angel of Mine

    • Gold Telly -  2004

    •  Alliance for Community Media 3rd Place - 2003

    • Columbus International Film Fest, Honorable Mention - 2003

  • Lookin out 4U

    • Bronze Telly - 2004

    • Aurora Award - 2004

    • Houston WorldFest International Film Gold REMI - 2004

  • A Rose for Livvy

    • Bronze Telly -  2004

    • Alliance Community Media Home Town Video Fest, best Original script - 2005

  • Touring Jubilee, 1924 Professional

    •  Dane Film Association, 2nd Place -  1985

    • National Black Programming Consortium “Prized Pieces” Award - 1985

    • American Film Festival, Red Ribbon Award

    • Library of Congress

    • Red Ribbon Award, American Film Festival

    • Dance on Camera Festival Award

  • Get Up, Stand Up

    •  National Black Programming Consortium “Prized Pieces” Award                1983

    • Best Performance Documentary

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING

 

State Grants - 2017 - 2019            

  • New York State Regional Economic Development Council    

  • New York State Council on the Arts   

  • New York State Assembly: Member item funding (obtained through Assemblyman David F. Gantt for multiple projects. The funds were administered by the SUNY Brockport Research Foundation and Baden Street  Settlement)                               

                                                                                               

National Grants                                  

  • Eastman Savings and Loan Foundation (ESL)

  • Independent Television Service -- LiNCs and Diversity Development Fund grants

  • National Black Programming Consortium

  • FannieMae Foundation (national pilot project: The Home Show Television Series)

International Funding

  • Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

  • Kodak/UNICEF (Zimbabwe/Global Carnival Performance Documentary)          

  • Films Production Funding

  • Paul Robson Fund for Independent Media

  • Sundance Documentary Film Fund / Research and Development

  • Ontario County Office for the Aging (Care for the Caregiver)

  • LIFESPAN for Greater Rochester  (Elder Abuse Series)

  • University of Rochester (Perfectly Clear)     

  • Continuing Developmental Services of Rochester (All About Ability)

  • The Urban League of Rochester (The Home Show Television Series)

  • Frontier Corporation (Last Season at Silver)

  • NYS Office of Mental Health (Ulysses: A Modern Odyssey)        

  • The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

                                                           

Private Donor /Benefactor   

  • Miscellaneous private donors and benefactors  

 

DEPARTMENT, COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY SERVICES

 

Affiliations with Other Department and Programs

I facilitated a collaboration between the department’s of Communication and Theater that resulted in a field trip for Brockport students to attend at no cost, GEVA Theater’s production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop.

I initiated an effort that resulted in collaboration between the departments of JRB and History, which brought Kenneth B. Morris Jr., the direct descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington to speak to our students on campus.  

Department and Program Committees

  • Chair, Department APT Committee

  • Broadcast Area Coordinator  

 

College Committees

  • College liaison to Re-energize the Legacy of Frederick Douglass Committee.

  • Member of college committee to explore recently discovered black-face year book photos.

  • Member of the nominating committee for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Community Work

Organizer, fund raiser and principle investigator for The Re-energize the Legacy of Frederick Douglass Project. The project was initiated in 2017 and will continue through 2021. The Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass Project is an interdisciplinary, multi-faceted community project designed to “make new again” Frederick Douglass’s life and legacy in Rochester, New York. While the project has its roots in scholarly work and institutions, it is ultimately a community effort to “recover” the legacy of one of the city’s finest citizens and in the process recover something of the soul of the city as well. 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND SERVICE

  • Broadcast Educational Association (BEA)

  • Alliance for Community Media (ACM)

  • Frederick Douglass Family Initiative (FDFI)

UPDATED SUMMER OF 2024

 

EDUCATION

 

  • M.F.A.   Photography, Visual Studies Workshop, ​                       University of Buffalo - 1979

  • B.A.  Art, SUNY Brockport  -   1974

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

  • Associate Professor, Department of Journalism, Broadcasting, and Public Relations, The College at SUNY Brockport - 1992-Present

  • General Manager, Rochester Community Television Media Center - 2003-Present

  • C.E.O. ImageWordSound, LLC, production company -  2000-Present

  • Videographer, Garth Fagan Dance - 1980-Present

  • Consulting/Cultural and Educational Media Specialist - 1994-2004

    • DuPont Corporation                                                                                   

    • National Advertising 

    • Corporate Image Campaigns

    • Director                                              

    • Saatchi and Saatchi

    • Business Communications

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