C. Thomas Lewis, M.F.A.

Thomas Lewis


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After studying photography at Kent State and the Philadelphia College of Art, Thomas received his Masters of Fine Arts in film from the California Institute of the Arts in 1993. He subsequently worked professionally in video and film production in Los Angeles while also maintaining his personal video and photography pursuits.

From 2001-09, Thomas produced DVD bonus material for the Harry Potter film series among other major motion pictures. In 2005, he completed Through Corridors and Factories, a film about post-colonialism in Hawaii that screened in festivals around the world. Other works include Got Land (2008), a film about time, space and development in the American west, and Of Fire and Water (2009), a narrative film set in a dystopic future.

More recently Thomas created two video exhibitions in Indianapolis, Better or Worse? (2012) and From Now On (2013), which used new video-mapping technology to create ambitious multi-projector gallery installations.

Among his recent research and service efforts, Thomas developed narrative medicine videos (2012) and mobile medical software (2014) for the healthcare consortium, AMPATH. These are currently used in AMPATH’s network of clinics throughout western Kenya. In 2013 Thomas was a co-founder of the non-profit Word on the Street Inc., creator of The Cool Bus, which upcycles books to young readers in underserved communities of Indianapolis.

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