Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Faculty & Staff Directory

Aaron Greer, M.F.A

Title/s: Associate Professor
Program Director Film and Digital Media Program

Office #: School of Communication 203

Phone: 312.915.6827

E-mail: agreer1 AT luc DOT edu

CV Link: GreerVita13.pdf

About

Aaron Greer joined the new School of Communication and the Communication Studies program as an Assistant Professor in Digital Cinema and Media Production in Fall 2008. Promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, Greer was named program director for Film and Digital Media Studies Program in 2012.

Greer came to Loyola from the University of Alabama’s Department of Telecommunications and Film, Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he taught courses in screen directing, post-production, international cinema and documentary video. Before joining the UA faculty he also taught courses at Villanova University, La Salle University and Temple University in Philadelphia.

Degrees

MFA Film and Media Arts Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. , 2002

BA History, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.,1996.  Magna Cum Laude.

 

Research Interests

As a filmmaker Greer has developed an impressive professional portfolio. His award-winning feature, Gettin’ Grown, screened at film festivals around the country and is currently distributed by Warner Brothers Home Video. One documentary, Flying Away, was broadcast on public television stations across the nation and another,His A Night in the Theater, has national educational distribution. His co-authored, award-winning feature script, Fruit of the Tree, was selected for the prestigious Tribeca All-Access program.

His recent work includes the award-winning feature film, Service to Man, starring Emmy-Winner Keith David, and the short documentary I’m An Actor, which has screened at both film festivals and on public TV.

In addition to his filmmaking work, Aaron has an article on "Race, Representation and the role of the Academic Filmmaker" that is about to be published in the edited collection Filming Difference by the University of Texas Press.

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

University Film and Video Association

Broadcast Education Association

Independent Film Project - Chicago

Courses Taught

Introduction to Cinema, Screenwriting, Screen Directing, Film History, Post-Production, Introduction to Video Production

Awards

Broadcast Education Association, Best of Competition (Educational Video), 2013

Chicago Digital Media Production Grant, 2012

Broadcast Education Association, 2nd Place Debut Paper Research Competition, 2010

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa, Visual Artist of the Year, 2007

Alabama State Council on the Arts, Media Fellowship Award, 2005

Audience Choice Award Winner for “Gettin’ Grown,” Milwaukee International Festival 2004

Selected Publications

  • “Ten Tips for Shooting Video” – video tutorial (writer/director/editor)

          BEA Best in Competition Educational Video, 2013

           broadcast on 10 PBS stations

  • “Gettin’ Grown TV” – web-series (writer/producer/director)

          American Black Film Festival, 2012

          WorldKids International Film Festival (India), 2012

  • “Spare Change” – short film (director/editor)

          Wisconsin Film Festival, 2011

          Milwaukee Film Festival, 2010

  • “Hers.Theirs.Ours.” – short film (writer/producer/director)

          Reeling Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2010

  • “Neither Color Blind, Nor Near Sighted: Representation, Race and the Role of the Academic Filmmaker.” In Bernardi, D. (Ed.) Filming Difference. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.
  • “A Night in the Theater” – documentary/educational film (co-producer/director)

          distributed/published by Insight Media, 2007.

  • “Flying Away” – documentary video (producer/director/editor)

          Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, 2007

          Broadcast on 2-dozen PBS stations

  • “Fruit of the Tree” – feature screenplay (co-writer)

          Grand Prize from Wisconsin Screenwriters’ Forum, 2009

          Best Screenplay, University Film and Video Association, 2008

          Tribeca All Access (Tribeca Film Festival), 2007

  • “Gettin’ Grown” – feature film (writer/director/editor)

          distributed by Warner Brothers Home Video

          Tribeca Film Festival

         American Black Film Festival