Carvin Eison

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Associate Professor


M.F.A., Visual Studies, University of Buffalo

B.A., SUNY College at Brockport

Area(s) of Specialty:

Television/Video/Film production, Media Literacy education

Recent Publications: 2004
  • "July '64" -- Director, Carvin Eison, 60 minute PBS documentary. Violence erupted at a street dance one hot July night when a routine arrest took a turn for the worse - and ended with the National Guard being called to a Northern City for the first time during the civil rights era. July '64 gives voice to the people who lived it and tells the story of three days of conflict and unrest that altered the course of history in Rochester. Funded by Independent Television Service, New York State Assembly and National Black Programming Consortium. Learn more.
  • "Oatka Trail" -- Director, Carvin Eison, High Definition dance film featuring choreography and dancers of Garth Fagan Dance.


  • A Rose for Livvy: Internet Safety for Teens -- Director, Carvin Eison. 29 minutes. Dramatic/educational film. This engaging and positive story teaches students the essential safety rules to protect themselves on the internet. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


  • Lookin out 4 U: Three Abusive Relationships -- Director, Carvin Eison. 28 minutes. Dramatic /educational film. This story presents an honest and graphic picture of the emotional, physical and psychological sides of dating abuse. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Angel of Mine: Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood -- Director, Carvin Eison. 25 minutes. Throughout this realistic and powerful film, responsibility and awareness of possible consequences are stressed. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Progress: "In the Shadows of the Lynching Tree"
  • "A Rose for Livvy."- Telly - Gold, 2004.
  • "Lookin Out 4 U."- Telly - Bronze, 2004 - WorldFest -Houston International Film Festival - Gold, Star, 2004,
  • "Angel of Mine." - WorldFest -Houston International Film Festival - Silver Star, 2004,
    Chris Award Honorable Mention, 2003,
    Telly - Gold, 2003
  • The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship 2007, State University if New York.
  • Eric Barnouw Award of the Organization of American Historians, New York State Emmy Nomination for Best Direction
  • New York State Emmy Nomination for Best Historic/Cultural Programming
  • Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence
  • Five Telly awards
  • Aurora Award
  • Houston WorldFest International Film and Video Festival “Remi” Gold and Silver Awards
  • Columbus International Film and Video Festival “Chris” Award
  • National Black Programming Consortium “Prized Pieces” Award (two-time winner)
  • Alliance for Community Media (three time winner)
  • Red Ribbon Award
  • American Film Festival
  • Dance on Camera Award
  • Communicator of the Year Global Festival Honorable Mention
  • Arts and Cultural Council “Artist of the Year” nominee
Research Interests:

Media Literacy education, teen and young adult development

  • Sundance Documentary Fund 2007, for Shadows of the Lynching Tree
  • Independent Television Service DDF for Umbra
  • ARD/MDR Germany and France5 co-production for Shadows of the Lynching Tree.
  • Independent Television Service in support of July ’64
  • National Black Programming Consortium in support of July ’64
  • NYS African-American Research Institute Grant, administered by the SUNY Research Foundation at the College at Brockport (original grant received in 1999, refunded in 2001, 2002) in support of July ’64
  • Housing Trust Fund of Rochester Area Community Foundation in support of July ’64
  • New York State Department of State in support of Drum Major for Justice,
  • University of Rochester in support of Perfectly Clear,
  • SUNY Geneseo in support of Perfectly Clear
  • miscellaneous corporate grants in support of Perfectly Clear, NYSCA Individual Artists Grant.

Full-time professor, awarded tenure in 1998. Teaching contemporary broadcast issues and ethics, media literacy and television/video production. As part of my service I am the general manager of Rochester Community Television, the community's largest public access televisions station; responsible for all aspects of station operations. As part of my Scholarship I am the owner of ImageWordSound, a nationally award-winning independent media production company. Major productions include July ’64, – aired nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens and distributed by California Newsreel, What’s Next and Use Your Head – teen health communications series and curricula in national distribution, Oatka Trail – a high definition dance/art film for Garth Fagan Dance, Perfectly Clear – an independently produced weekly news magazine program featuring interviews with national, state and local leaders. In production: Shadows of the Lynching Tree and Drum Major For Justice: The Franklin Florence Story.


Curriculum committee, Strategic Planning committee

Office: 224 Holmes
Phone: (585) 395-5767

Last Updated 10/12/17

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