Philip Hopper

805 8th Ave. #4R

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Cell: 347 731 2052

Skype: philhopper1




M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute

Portfolio: The Physiology and Psychology of Sight: How We See and Experience Motion Pictures


Studio Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Portfolio: The Boston Black & White Movie Company


Full-Time Academic Experience


August 2014 – Present, Assistant Professor at University of Northern Iowa, Department of Communication Studies with a teaching focus in digital media production and media literacy.


July 2013 – August 2014, Visiting Professor at Al-Quds Bard Honors College, West Bank. A continuation of the Fulbright Scholar teaching and research.


August 2012 – June 2013, Fulbright Scholar at Al-Quds University, West Bank. The Fulbright was a mixed teaching and research award. Teaching assignments include Film History courses focusing on genre studies as well as Digital Media production courses. Research for the Images of Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sphere project, examining how vernacular public image-making in the forms of murals, graffiti, posters etc. comment on local and regional conflicts.


September 2004 – August 2011, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, New York Institute of Technology, Manhattan. Undergraduate courses taught include Digital Film Production, Television Studio Production, Photography and Film History. Graduate courses include Directing Professional Talent, Screenwriting, Production & Post-Production Management and Photojournalism.


September 1999 – August  2004, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Theatre & Media Arts Program, Marymount College of Fordham University in Tarrytown, NY. Co-developed and implemented an interdisciplinary undergraduate media and theatre arts program. Courses taught include Video Production, Writing for Stage & Screen, Film History, Broadcast History and Effective Speech.


September 1998 – August 1999, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Contemporary Arts, Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ. Taught courses in Documentary Video Production, Studio Video Production, Video Editing and Writing for the Media.


June 1997 – August, 1998, Film & Video Production Program Director, Art Institute of Atlanta, a two-year technical/applied art school. Responsibilities included curriculum development, internship program development and community relations.


August 1992 – August 1994, Television Studio Supervisor, New York University Broadcast Journalism Program. Provided oversight for a weekly live News show, technical training for graduate students, and completed the on-line editing for the award-winning series New York Windows which aired on WNYC, channel 31 Manhattan.


 Part-Time Academic Experience


1994, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Marymount Manhattan College. Taught summer and fall semester courses in basic filmmaking for the Communication Arts Program.


 Professional Non-Academic Experience


2011 – 2016, Executive Program Director for the Workers Unite Film Festival (WUFF) in its fifth year, May 8 – June 10, 201 in New York City at the Cinema Village, Anthology Film Archives and other locations.


2011, Producer/Director, developed and directed a series of Public Service Announcements for the non-profit Veterans Aid to raise awareness of issues affecting veterans.


1999 - 2009, Freelance Producer, 1199/SEIU National Hospital Workers Union. In addition to internship and mentoring program informational videos, productions also include a documentary profile of the Bread and Roses Culture Project, featuring Civil Rights Movement activist Moe Foner. 


1996 - 1997, Staff Producer in charge of development at Greenview Creative Group, a Chicago based corporate communications company. Clients included United Airlines, Amoco and Purina.


1994 - 1996, Freelance Producer/Editor in New York City. Clients included The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, CBS Sports and The Madison Square Garden Network.


1992 – 1994, Broadcast Supervisor at the New York University Department of Journalism.

Oversight of weekly undergraduate news magazine show and graduate projects.


 1991 - 1992, Writer/Producer for NHK/Mico, Japanese Television in America, based at Kauffman-Astoria Studio in Queens, New York.


1989 - 1991, Freelance Production Manager/Editor in New York City. Work during this time included segments for CBS Sports. Also hired and managed crews, ranging in size from three to thirty technicians for sports and live music projects, including the NHK, Japan series Live at the Bottom Line.


1984 – 1989, Freelance Camera Assistant/Assistant Editor/Editor in Los Angeles. Work includes television documentaries, News features and on-air promos for KTLA Los Angeles.


 Completed Activities in Field of Expertise


June 2016, Contributing Author, Transnational Image-making: Beyond the Wall in Dheisheh Camp an essay with photographs published in The Journal of Theatre and Pedagogy of the Oppressed


April 2016, Contributing Author, Nakba Day: The Ephemera of Martyrdom an essay with photographs published by UNIversitas: The University of Northern Iowa Journal of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity


June 2014, Director/Co-Producer, The Park in Ramallah (Muntazah Ramallah), a short film about children in occupied territory. A selection of the 8th International Children’s Film Festival, Bangladesh, Silver Remi Award winner at the 2015 Houston WorldFest film festival and winner of the El Rey Award for Excellence in Documentary Short Filmmaking at the 2015 Barcelona International Film Festival. Also screened at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris during March, 2016 and is scheduled to screen the Mannar Film Festival in Tehran date TBD.


June 2013, Contributing Author, The Landscapes of 9/11: A Photographer’s Journey, a chapter Bearing Witness: Memorial Murals in Belfast and Bethlehem, compares vernacular memorial murals. Published by the University of Texas Press.


March 2011, Co-Director/Producer, Onnig’s Inferno: The Element of Fire, a feature-length documentary about visionary artist Onnig Kardash, his friendship with fellow artist Alex Shundi.


2009, Filmmaker, Come & Go: with apologies to Samuel Beckett a short experimental film shot in the NYC subway with a standard definition digital point-and-shoot camera. This short film screened at the TAKES Film Festival on March 3, 2010 in London. It also screened at the 2nd Annual Terminal Short Video Festival at Austin Peay State University Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts in Tennessee on April 15, 2010. Also screened at the SENE Film, Music, & Arts Festival in Providence. R.I. Wednesday, April 6, 2011.


2007, Writer/Director, The Road Home, an independent feature-length documentary about a group of war-wounded service men and women that features their involvement with the Achilles Track Club and participation in the New York City Marathon. The film won the Best Feature-Length Documentary award at the 2008 Garden State Film Festival. It also screened in 2008 at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Cape May New Jersey Film Festival and the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference at Baruch University. In 2009 it screened at Florida Atlantic University as part of their SocioCinema Film Festival. On April 17th 2010 this film screened at the Buffalo – Niagara Film Festival and subsequently on May 12, 2011 screened at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway as part of a benefit for Achilles International. The most recent juried screening was at the New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania, Friday, July 8th 2011. In addition this film screened September 19, 2012 at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan as part of the New Filmmakers Series.


2003, Screenwriter, adapted the Terry Southern short story, The Heavy Put-Away, for Twentieth Century Fox Studio's, Fox SearchLab program and talent development initiative. The film stars Gretchen Moll and Dallas Roberts. 2004 Houston International Film Festival Award-winner.


1998, Writer/Director, San Antonio Rose, an hour-long television documentary about Western Swing Music and Bob Wills. Direct to home video.


1997, Producer, The Future of Manufacturing in America, and interactive display produced through the Greenview Creative Group in Chicago for the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.


1996, Producer/Editor, In Good Health, a twenty-minute history of The 1199 National Health Worker’s Union Benefit Fund, features labor leader Dennis Rivera. Aired nationally by CBS News May 5, 1996 as part of the Building America series.


1994, Director/Editor, Powwow Interactive, an interactive display installed at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for the American Indian at Bowling Green in Manhattan.


1992, Writer/Producer, Route 66: The Road West, a three-part HDTV documentary series produced for NHK/MICO, Japan, about the music along old Route 66. A one-hour version broadcast in the United States on the Arts & Entertainment Network, February 1992.


1990, Screenwriter, The American Scream, a feature film that foreshadowed the teen-slasher comedy genre and went straight to home-video courtesy of VidCo in North Hollywood.


1979 - 1984, Filmmaker Decade, Last Summer, Black Sun, Random Dots, Speed, Repeat Motion, Blade Runner: A Movie and other titles. This body of narrative and experimental 16mm film work, executed in and after graduate school explores the experience and physiology of perception. It also documents the underground music scene in Boston and San Francisco. Screenings include The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Mill Valley Film Festival and the Festival of American Cinema in D'eauville, France.  This body of work was distributed and anthologized with the work of Nam June Paik, Peter Gabriel, The Residents and others.




October 13 – November 10 2014, Intersections: 23 Fulbright Photographers Explore Their Worlds, a group show sponsored by the Fulbright Association in the Atrium Gallery of the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington D.C. Jurors were Alison Morely, Chair of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography and Stephen Frailey, Chair of the undergraduate photography department at the School of Visual Arts, New York.


October 6 – 31 2014 The Alternet a group show installed at the City University of New York, Cohen Library Archive. The show explores new uses for old technology. In this case images created by artists to be browsed in an antique card catalog. Also April 20 – September 20 2013, Greenburgh, NY Public Library. Conceived and curated by Carla Rae Johnson.


December 27 – January 20 2012, Silwan, East Jerusalem and Time-Warner in Fog are included in a group show at the Vermont Photo Space Gallery titled The Built Environment. Juried by architecture photographer Norman McGrath.


May 3 – May 29 2011, a portfolio of photographs from Belfast, Northern Ireland and the Palestinian Territories are part of a three-person exhibition at the Deblois Gallery in Newport, Rhode Island. The Deblois is a collective of regional artists who review work and curate shows.


January 11- February 8 2011, Two: Eggs is included in a group show titled The Arrangement at the Vermont Photo Space Gallery. Juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of Photography.


June 26 – July 4 2010, Brooklyn Window and Fate, Texas, are included in the Louisville Art Association 19th Annual National Juried Show.


January 15  – March 19 2010, Brooklyn Window, selected by Museum of Modern Art Photography Curator Susan Kismaric, in the 24th International Juried Show at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.


October 16 – November 20 2008, Artistic Visions show at NYIT’s Gallery 61. A three person show, featuring a series of documentary photographs from Belfast and Bethlehem, including Crucified Dove.  


May 31 - June 15 2008, Subway Light, photographs exhibited as part of the juried New Life Berlin Festival.


October 25   November 20 2007, Communication Arts Exhibition at Gallery 61includes Thursday Night in Sefiyah, a composite photograph taken in Amman.


January 19, 2002   April 20 2002, Touching the Twin Towers, photograph included in Exit Art Gallery's Reactions show, dealing with the aftermath of 9/11. The entire show was subsequently gifted to the Library of Congress.




2016, Time Tunnel/Virtual Gallery Archive, A project to scan Israeli and Palestinian family photographs, record narratives then create aural and visual databases at two institutions, which would be linked on-line. Beit Brel College in Israel and Birzeit University in the West Bank have extended invitations. A Fulbright Regional Research Award proposal has been submitted.


2011 – Present, Specimens, High-resolution scans of natural and manufactured artifacts are combined with ambient sounds to produce a time-based experience with the working title


2009 – Present, Photographer, Selections from my long-term project Images of Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sphere have been developed into a full book proposal.


June 2009 - Present, Producer,  New York City Taxi Alliance, a feature-length documentary film about efforts to unionize the diverse taxi-driver workforce in New York City. Andy Tilson, producer of The Road Home, is the other Co-Director.


 Recent Conferences, Papers and Presentations


October 14, 2016 – Structural Documentary Symposium at Temple University in Philadelphia, Experience Fades Into Memory screening and interactive display.


August 4-7, 2015 – Annual University Film & Video Association (U.F.V.A.) Conference at American University in Washington D.C. The Park in Ramallah screens.


November 8, 2014 – Panel Discussion and Artist Talk as part of Fotoweek DC and the Intersections show in Atrium Gallery of the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington D.C.


May 22, 2014 – Campus in Camps Images of Conflict and Conflict Resolution I the Public Sphere presented in the Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp El Feniq Community Center.


March 2-4 2013 – Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Seminar hosted by BECA and the Bi-national Fulbright Commission in Egypt, Cairo


January 9 2013 - Screening Wars and Conflict a presentation and panel discussion hosted by the Communication Department of Tel-Aviv University.


January 7 2013 - Media and Conflict in Divided Societies a symposium hosted by the Rishon Le-Zion College of Management. 


August 6 2011 – Onnig’s Inferno: The Element of Fire screens as part of the annual University Film and Video Association Conference at Emerson College in Boston Massachusetts. The Respondent was Dr. Robin Riley, Associate Professor at Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota.


May 12 2010 – The Road Home screening begins a panel discussion about injured soldier care at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Panel includes President of the Viet Nam Veterans of America John Rowan and Achilles International President Dick Traum.


April 12 2010 - Borders & Boundaries: Belfast & Bethlehem, a lecture and presentation focusing on the visual culture of conflict at the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict on the Bryn Mawr College campus in Philadelphia.


October 2009, Presented new material from Images of Conflict in the Public Sphere at the School of Visual Art’s Twenty-third Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in New York City.


June 19 2008, Presented The Road Home as part of the annual Society for Disability Studies Conference at Baruch College in New York City and led a subsequent discussion about the challenges facing war-injured and disabled veterans.


October 2008, Presented a paper, Belfast and Bethlehem, a Cross-Cultural Study of Public Political Art at the School of Visual Art’s Twenty-Second Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in New York City.


June 2004, Attended a weeklong Council on International Educational Exchange faculty seminar, "Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland" on a grant from Fordham University and subsequently presented a paper with the same title to Marymount College faculty.


June 2002, Attended a weeklong a weeklong Faculty Resource Seminar titled Performance in the Public Sphere convened at New York University by Professor Richard Schechner. Attendance funded by Fordham University.


1994, Presented excerpts from Route 66: The Road West and discussed the filmmaking process at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. as part of the Campus on the Mall program.


 Awards and Honors


June 17 2015, El Rey Award for Excellence in Documentary Short Filmmaking at the Barcelona International Film Festival.


April 19 2015, Houston WorldFest film festival Silver Remi Award for The Park in Ramallah.


May 28 2013, Bard College Center for Civic Engagement James Ottaway Jr. Research Fellowship. $5,000.


April 30 2012, Fulbright Scholar Award notification received. $63,000


April 16 2012, Rubin Foundation Grant for the Workers Unite Film Festival. $10,000


November 29 2010, Recommended by peer review for a Fulbright Teaching and Research Award at Al-Quds University in the West Bank for the 2011-2012 school year. Not awarded. Fulbright staff recommends reapplying for 2012-2013.


May 31 – June 15 2008, Photographs from Subway Light series receives Honorable Mention as part of the Urban Space 08 projection series and The New Life Berlin Festival.


March 2008,  The Road Home wins Best Feature-Length Documentary award at the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey.


2007, Institutional Support for Research and Creativity, (I.S.R.C.) Grant from NYIT. $3,000


2005, I.S.R.C. Grant from NYIT. $3,000


2003, Finalist, Sundance Screenwriters and Filmmakers Lab in Park City Utah


2001, Finalist in Theatre Oxford's Ten Minute Play Competition


2000-2001, Marymount College Faculty Technology Grant. Grant facilitated implementation and integration of nonlinear editing systems. $6,000


1993, Nominee, American Cable Excellence (ACE) award as Writer for Route 66: The Road West.


 Institutional & Community Service


January 2016, served as a juror for the U.F.V.A. Carole Fielding Student Grant competition.


June 2015, attended the Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington DC as Fulbright Alumni and resource for the current West Bank awardees.


June 2014, attended the Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington DC as Fulbright Alumni and resource for then current West Bank awardees.


January 2014, served as a juror for the U.F.V.A. Carole Fielding Student Grant competition.


January 2012, served as a juror for the U.F.V.A. Carole Fielding Student Grant competition.


February 2009, attended the AAC & U Conference in Baltimore, Maryland and subsequently submitted a report regarding integrative learning and ePortfolios to NYIT Dean Roger Yu and VP Hattie Arnone’s offices.


October 2008, Served on the NYIT ISRC/CTLT internal grant Review Committee.


September 2007 – September 2010, served as at-large Faculty Senator for the NYIT Manhattan campus, including service on the Communications and Educational Technology Committees.


March 2008, provided a monograph for the NYIT Gallery 61 show A Soldier’s Eye: Photographs by Michael DiMaio.


Fall 2007/Spring 2008, participated in NYIT V.P. of Assessment Hattie Arnone’s Teaching Improvement Initiative, which was facilitated by Associate Professor Elizabeth Donaldson.


July 2005, June 2006, June 2007 and July 2009 taught FILM 210, SPCH 101 and FILM 101 during Spring Cycle II and Summer I semesters at NYIT Amman as electives in the major for undergraduate Computer Graphics students. Ran maintenance programs on and removed illegal software from computers in the CG Mac Lab.


December 2007, donated a photograph, Damascus Gate, which sold at the NYIT Bear Hugs auction, raising money for the Sponsor-a-Child Campaign.


September 2005, submitted a feasibility report to Dean Roger Yu, regarding the implementation of a Communication Arts program at the NYIT, Amman campus.


 Professional Affiliations


University Film and Video Association


International Center for Photography


 Recent Teaching Activities: Courses taught at UNI


Spring/16 Comm EM 1600-01 First Year Electronic Media Seminar, 30 students, Comm EM 1655-01 Introduction to Digital Media Production, 15 students, Comm EM 1659-01 Beginning Writing For Electronic Media, 24 students, Comm EM 2655-01 Advanced Production, 16 students


Fall/15 Comm EM 1655-01 Introduction to Digital Media Production, 15 students, Comm EM 2655-01 Intermediate Digital Media Production, 12 students Comm EM 161 Media Literacy, 25 students


Spring/15 Comm EM 1659-01 Beginning Writing For Electronic Media, Media Literacy Comm EM 1611, Enrollment 24 students each, Comm J 15701-01 Photojournalism, 10 students


Fall/14 – Comm EM 1659-01 Beginning Writing For Electronic Media, 12 students, Media Literacy Comm EM 1611, Enrollment 24 students


Recent Teaching Activities: Courses Taught at Al-Quds University and the Al-Quds Bard Honors College


Spring/14 – Film History II, Digital Media Lab II and Documentary Theory & Practice (Senior undergraduates only), Enrollment respectively: 21, 19 and 6 students


Fall/13 – Film History I, Digital Media Lab I and Photojournalism Workshop, Enrollment respectively: 22, 12 and 14 students


Spring/13 – Film History II, Television Studio Production. Enrollment respectively: 30 and 18 students


Fall/12 – Video 103, Digital Media Lab 202. Enrollment respectively: 29 and 6 students. Also taught a series of Photojournalism Workshops open to the public.


Teaching Activities: Courses Taught at NYIT


Spring/11 – FILM 101 – M01, FILM 210 – M01 and NEWS 660 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 14, 20 and 18 students. Both Film 210 and NEWS 660 are enhanced with Blackboard.


Fall/10 – FILM 101 – M01, FILM 210 – M01, NEWS 660 – M01 and TEVE 101 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 16, 20, 15 and 18 students. Both Film 210 and NEWS 660 are enhanced with Blackboard.


Spring/10 – FILM 101 – M02, FILM 210 – M01 and NEWS 660 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 18, 20 and 17 students. Both FILM 210 and NEWS 660 are enhanced with Blackboard.


Fall/09 – TEVE 101 – M02, FILM 210 – M01 and COMM 788 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 15, 21 and 10 students. Both FILM 210 and COMM 788 are enhanced with Blackboard.


Summer I/09 (Amman) Film 101 – M01 enrolled 7 students and 1 faculty auditor


Spring/09 – TEVE 101 – M01, FILM 210 – M01, FILM – M01. Enrollment respectively: 13, 14 and 16 students. FILM 210 is enhanced with Blackboard.


Fall/08 – TEVE 101 – M02, FILM 210 – M01, FILM 101 – M02 and COMM 788 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 11, 21 13 and 8 students. FILM 210 is enhanced with Blackboard.


Spring/08 – TEVE 201 – M01, FILM 210 – M01 and Film 215 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 7, 31 and 15 students. FILM 210 is enhanced with Blackboard.


Fall/07 – TEVE 101 – M02, FILM 210 – M01, FILM 101 – M02 and COMM 788 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 15, 19 and 15 students.


Spring Cycle II/07 (Amman) – FILM 210 – Enrolled 11 students


Spring/07 – TEVE 101 – M01, FILM 210 – M01 and TEVE 320 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 16, 17 and 5 students.


Fall/06 – TEVE 101 – M02, TEVE 600 – M002 and FILM 210 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 13, 14 and 16 students.


Spring Cycle II /06 (Amman) – Film 210 – A and SPCH 105 – A. Both courses enrolled three students and where taught as tutorials.


Spring/06 – TEVE 101 – M01, FILM 210 – M01, TEVE 660 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 18, 20 and 13 students.


Fall/05 – FILM 210 – M01, FILM 101 – M02, COMM 101 – M01 and TEVE 340 – M01 Enrollment respectively: 19, 12, 19 and 11 students.


Summer I/05 (Amman) – Film 210 – A enrolled 8 students.


Spring/05 – TEVE 101 – M01, FILM 210 – M01, and COMM 101 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 18, 25 13 and 15 students.


Fall/04 – FILM 210 – M01, FILM 101 – M01 & M02 and COMM 101 – M01. Enrollment respectively: 17, 21, 18 and 25 students.


Teaching Activities: New Courses


Spring 2016 – In the process of developing materials for a new Television Studio News Magazine format course titled Millennial Meltdown.


September 2014 – Present, Media Literacy, a required theory-based course in the UNI Communication Studies Department.


September 2012 – May 2014, the current West Bank situation demands all courses include blended on-line components.


July, 2012, Weeklong teacher training as part of the Bard College Language and Thinking Program. Subsequent integration of L&T Program approach with all Al-Quds Bard courses taught.


August 2010 – Implemented a Core Curriculum Seminar, The Self and the Other: Ways of Seeing & Knowing, which combines a study of the history of portraiture and philosophy with the production of video profiles. A blended on-line course.


Summer I 2009 through Spring 2011 - Developed the Portrait Project, a module now incorporated in many of my media production courses about the construction of identity.




Robert Michael Smith, Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology



Carla Rae Johnson, Associate Professor, Westchester Community College

(Former Department Chair, Marymount College)



Roberta Friedman, Associate Professor, Montclair State University School of Communication and Media



Andrew Tilson, Executive Director, Workers Unite Film Festival



Additional references on request. Professional testimonials may be found on my Linkedin profile,


 Philip Hopper – Work Samples



Six short works are available for viewing on-line or for download via Vimeo.


  • The Park in Ramallah (Munatzah Ramallah); a short prize-winning documentary about children in occupied territory, completed in June 2014.
  • Come & Go: with apologies to Samuel Beckett; an experimental short using found and recreated audio.
  • Experience Fades Into Memory is a structural experiment using iPhone photographs and the geotag function.
  • Transformation was made for a university-wide diversity initiative.
  • Hudson Valley Time-Lapse was made to illustrate audio spatiality for my students.
  • Onnig’s Inferno: The Element of Fire; the trailer for a feature-length film that follows an artist as he attempts to raise money for children in Gaza.
  • Specimens: a work-in-progress; high-resolution scans in an experimental video haiku.



Additional work samples follow.