C. Thomas Lewis, M.F.A.
- Lecturer, Media Arts & Science
lewisctiupui [dot] edu
- M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
- B.A., University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Thomas received his MFA in film from CalArts in 1993, where he studied with filmmakers James Benning, Thom Andersen and Betzy Bromberg. He subsequently worked professionally in video and film production in Los Angeles for sixteen years. From 2001-09, Thomas produced DVD bonus materials for the Harry Potter film series among other major motion pictures. In 2005, Thomas was the cinematographer for the motion picture Viva (Dir. Ann Biller) and he completed Through Corridors and Factories, a short film about post-colonialism in Hawaii that screened in festivals around the world. Other earlier 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.
In 2015, Thomas was awarded an IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant and a grant from the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute for his project, “Participatory Filmmaking to Confront HIV Stigma”. In the summer of 2015, he traveled to Kenya to shoot a series of short narrative films. For these films, he designed a participatory filmmaking model bringing together many stakeholders, including patients, clinicians, counselors, students, and professors in the US and Kenya, to determine many aspects of the films and contribute to their creation. These films have screened at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis and the Africa International Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. They are available at hiv-films.org along with films he made in Kenya in 2013. AMPATH’s network of clinics throughout western Kenya use Thomas’s films in counseling and community outreach efforts.
Prior to his recent filmmaking in Kenya, Thomas created two ambitious video exhibitions in Indianapolis, Better or Worse? (2012) and From Now On (2013), which used new video-mapping technology to create immersive multi-projector gallery installations.
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.
- Documentary Filmmaking
- Narrative Filmmaking
- Video-mapping / Visualization
- Narrative Medicine
- Health Information Systems and Technologies
- Mobile Medical Software
- Connecting Communities
- October 16, 2016
Professor’s film to be screened at Heartland Film Festival
- September 16, 2016
Students digitally document cultural treasures in Paros, Greece
- September 23, 2015
SoIC recognizes faculty for outstanding service and achievement
- March 31, 2015
Media Arts and Science Faculty Receives New Frontiers Grant for AMPATH Project
- December 16, 2014
Team develops app that offers better way to present patients with information in a global health care setting
- October 14, 2014
Media Arts and Science Student Creates “Shake It Off” Video for Fun and a Cause
- October 10, 2014
Alumni Film Accepted Into Heartland Film Festival
- February 18, 2014
Media Arts and Science Faculty, Students Collaborate with School of Medicine to Create AMPATH Health Education Videos
- January 17, 2014
School of Informatics and Computing Professor Involved in “Cool” Project
- September 6, 2013
School of Informatics and Computing Students and Alumni Win Big at 2013 48 Hour Film Competition
- January 23, 2013
C. Thomas Lewis, Media Arts and Science Lecturer, Chronicles Battle between Man and Nature in Video Installation Exhibit at Indianapolis Gallery
- April 22, 2010
Students get a taste of movie magic with their very own film