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 that time he has made films about the U.S. bicentennial, gentrification, childhood literacy, public art, creativity, civil liberties and poetry. He has received 18 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; The International Festival of Films on Architecture, “The Future of the City;” the Havana International Film Festival; the Smithsonian Institution; the Museum of Modern Art; the Santa Barbara International Film Festival; and the Margaret Mead Film Festival, and have received awards at the American Film Festival; the International Festival of Films on Art and Architecture; and the Black Maria Film Festival. He has worked as cinematographer and editor for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Asia Society; and Weston Woods Studios. The Light at Walden, based on Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and Walden, sponsored by the Center for Independent Documentary, funded by the Park Foundation, and a USC Provost’s Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences  grant, is scheduled for a January 2015 Premiere at The Wild & Scenic Film Festival --were activism gets inspired--in Nevada City, California. 

He is currently a Professor of Practice in the Production Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at USC where he coordinates the first year of the graduate program; teaches Production II Editing; Creating Poetic Cinema; and, Nature, Design, and Media (in the new Media + Practice Division); recently designed and taught the YouTube Creator Institute at USC; the USC/Disney Studios Producing and Directing Course; was invited by the USC Provost to conduct a seminar in Transmedia and Political Engagement; and a presentation on Contemplative Pedagogy at the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching; helped to create a new course in the graduate school, The Future of Cinema; a production seminar in World Building with Alex McDowell; and is scheduled to teach The 2014-16 Global Exchange Workshop in alternating years in Beijing and Los Angeles. He has previously taught at The New School; the State University of New York, College at Purchase; Occidental College; the University of Hawaii, and Cinecittà, Rome, and recently lectured at The Beijing Film Academy, Tecnologico de Monterey in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the TransVergence Summit in L.A.

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.                (contact)

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