Thomas W. Campbell
Thomas W. Campbell is a digital storyteller and a transplanted Vermonter who moved to New York City as a kid and never left. After studying screenwriting at NYU and having his sound design and music performed at downtown art spaces such as La Mama and The Kitchen he began a career as an independent film and video editor. This experience spanned the industry transition from film to digital video – and included editing over 20 award winning artist biographies, a feature film, and hundreds of short docs, narratives, and industrials.
Thomas earned an MFA from City College for documentary production and his thesis film – Birth of the Sun – played in numerous festivals in New York and around the world. His most recent shorts, Rooftop Serenade (which was shot on film) and the hand-crafted animation Under the City the Blue Bag Dropped have both found success on the festival circuit, including most recently at the Coney Island Film Festival, the Cinema on the Bayou Festival, the Three Minute Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA.
His current project is a series of documentary films about the artist Linus Coraggio.
Thomas became a member of the National Board of Review when they gave him an award and has contributed to the organization over the years by writing film reviews and moderating over 60 post screening Q and A’s with film professionals such as Michael Haneke, Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Pedro Almodovar, Barbara Kopple, Oliver Stone, and most recently Chan-Wook Park, James Gray and Syrian director Firas Fayyad.
He has taught documentary production to high school students at the Tribeca Film Institute, film/video production and theory at Adelphi University from 2002 – 2013, and sound design and film production at Hofstra University since 2006.
Thomas was the Technical Director of the Communications Department at Adelphi University, where he strived to keep a bit of humanity alive as we move deeper into the technological revolution.
Thomas has studied Yangjia Michuan Taijquan for 26 years and taught it for over 20 years.