Alfred Santana

Brooklyn, New York, United States


Al Santana Independent Producer/Director/Editor/Writer, 1985 to present Salty Dog Blues, Feature Documentary, WIP, Writer/Director/Editor Flush, 2009, Narrative Short, WeOne Productions, Director/Writer BAM Retrospective: One People; Durban 400; Voices of The Gods; Military Option One People, 2007, Narrative, U &Me Productions, Director/Writer History Weekend, 2006, Event, New-York Historical Society, 2006, Videographer, Editor Newark, State of Emergency, 2006, Documentary, True Vision Films, 2006, Editor Slavery In New York, Event, New-York Historical Society, 2005, Videographer, Editor Montessori-Perspectives In Early Childhood Development, 2005, Industrial ,Director/Editor, National University. Military Option, 2005, Documentary Short, Co-Producer/Director/Editor, Third World Newsreel. Soul Trane, 2005, Music Video , Director, Videographer/Editor, Nappy Edges Records Journey 1000, 2004, Experimental Doc., Producer/Director/Cinematographer. Making a Difference, 2003, Industrial, Producer/Director/Videographer, The Jackie Robinson Center for Physical Culture. Durban 400, a case for black reparations, 2003, Documentary, Director/Editor, The Drammeh Institute & Al Santana Productions. Screened FESPACO 2005 In The Spirit Of Peace, 2002, Documentary Short, Producer/Director/Editor, Yoruba peace march in response to the World Trade Center attack, played at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Aired WNET 13 6/14/02 From Harlem To Soweto: The Black Church Speaks, 2001, Segment Producer/Director, TV Special about AIDS and the Black Church, UMCOM , Aired Odyssey Channel February, 2001 The Kindling, 1998, Screenplay Finalist, Sundance Filmmaker’s Workshop, In development. Children First, 1997, Documentary, Director, GBGM United Methodist Church. Don’t Be An Accident Waiting To Happen, 1997, Industrial, Director, GKA, FL Tree Tales, 1996, Industrial, Director, GKA, FL Mission Magazine, 1994, 1995, Video News Magazine, Segment Producer. GBGM United Methodist Church Voices Of The Gods, 1985, Documenetary, Producer/Director, Premiered Margaret Mead Film Festival 1985 Director Of Photography One People, 2006, U & Me Productions, Ain't No Rain In The Farmyard, 2005, Music Video, Leroy Thomas, Director, Chris Thompson, Producer Military Option, 2005, Documentary Short, Soul Trane, 2005, Music Video, Nappy Edges Records Journey 1000, 2005, Experimental Documentary Film - shot in China in 1973. Bed Stuy Then and Now, 2004, Documentary, Short, Bryant McInnis, Director Durban 400, 2003, Al Santana Productions and The Drammeh Institute, Feature Documentary ; a case for black reparations In The Spirit Of Peace, 2002, Documentary Short, Al Santana Productions and Third World Newsreel, Aired WNET 13 6/14/02, Museum of Modern Art. The Bordentown School, 2001-2002, TV Documentary, Thomas C. Guy Jr. Producer United Methodist Development Fund, 2000, Corp. Documentary, GBGM United Methodist Church Kraft Foods, 2000, Rye, New York, Corp. Video Productions Robeson Chautauqua, 1999, New Jersey Historical Society, Educational Video Series A Litany for Survival:The Life and Work of Audre Lorde, 1996 Ada Gay Griffin, Producer. Feature Documentary. Sundance Festival Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson, 1992, Thomas C. Guy Jr., Producer. Documentary. Who Killed Vincent Chin?, 1989, Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary Film, Film News Now Foundation, NY. Christine Choy, Producer Sojourn For Truth, 1986, With Jesse Jackson, Third World Newsreel, NY. Documentary. Reunion, 1985, Life Cycle Production, NY. Feature Pilot starring Denzel Washington. Voices of The Gods, 1985, Documentary, Akuaba Productions I Be Done Been Was Is, 1984, Debra Robinson/Leslie Holder, Producers. Documentary. Born In Flames, 1984, Lizzy Borden, Producer. Feature. Entertainment Tonight, 1983-1984, WABC, NY. Namibia, Freedom Now, 1984, Pearl Bowser, Producer, Documentary. Like It Is With Gil Noble, 1981-1983 WABC, NY. Producer/Director/Manager, New York City Transit Authority, 1987 to 1993 Developed a professional in-house video production facility for the largest mass transportation system in the world. Produced and directed broadcast quality promotional and training videos. Managed nine video and photography personnel and the unit's annual budget. Conducted annual managerial performance reviews. Developed technical specifications for procuring equipment and outside services. Staff Cinematographer, New Jersey Public Television, 1977 to 1980 Filmed a variety of public affairs, documentaries, and TV specials, most notably, Listen To The Sun, 1978, a 90 minute special on song stylist Sarah Vaughan. Awards 2007 Film Production Award, New York State Council On The Arts 1999/2000 Film Production Award, New York State Council On The Arts 1996 NYC Media Arts Program Grant, Journey 1000 , Jerome Foundation. 1986 Film Program Fellowship, New York Foundation For The Arts. 1986 1st. Prize, Voices Of The Gods, Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Association. 1981, 1983, 1986 Film Production Awards, New York State Council On The Arts. 1981 Film Program Fellowship, Creative Artist Public Service Program, NY. 1976 1st. Prize, Gods In Exile, The National Association of Media Women. Other Film/ Video Work 2008 Guest Lecturer, Borough Of Manhattan Community College 2007 Guest Lecturer, Ramapo College 2005 Guest Lecturer, Pace University 1999 Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Film Production, Pratt Institute, NY 1996 Judge, National EMMY awards for News Cinematography. 1994-2007 Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications Arts, CCNY. 1993 Filmmaker/Instructor, V.C.G., Miami, FL 16mm production workshop. 1992 Judge, Picker Institute, CCNY Annual Student Film Festival. 1991 Creative Consultant, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA. 1985, 1986 Panelist, New Jersey Film Festival. 1986 Panelist, World Institute of Black Communications, CEBA Awards. 1982, 1984 Panelist, New York Foundation For The Arts , Filmmaking Fellowships. 1982 Judge, New York City Chapter EMMY awards, Magazine Shows. Professional Associations 2000 -Present Black Documentary Collective, Member 2000 -Present Independent Feature Project, Member 1981-1999 IATSE 600, Motion Picture Photographer's Union. 1977-2006 AIVF, Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. 1986-1989 Production Partners for Black and Latino Images, Board of Directors. 1988-1993 Third World Newsreel, New York, Board of Directors Education 2007 National University, MFA degree in Digital Cinema 1994 Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, NY Advanced Screenplay Writing. 1991-1992 Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, NY, Acting for Stage & Screen. 1989 Sony Institute, American Film Institute, BVE 900 Video Editing. 1976 CUNY Baccalaureate Program, BS Degree in Filmmaking and Sociology. 1973 Peking University, Peoples Republic of China, CUNY Study Mission. 1972 University of Ghana, Ghana, West Africa, CUNY Study Program. Technical Skills Working knowledge of: Arriflex 35mm and 16mm motion picture cameras, Aaton 16XTR, Eclair NPR & ACL, CP 16 Studio and location lighting equipment. Sony HD (F-3) DVCAM, XDCAM, JVC DV, Panasonic, Canon DV/HD cameras, Betacam SP, Digi-Beta, APPLE Final Cut Pro Sudio, Premiere Pro. editing systems. Travel Angola, Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Congo, Dahomey, Ecuador, England, Ghana, Haiti, Hawaii, Jamaica, Japan, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peoples Republic of China, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and throughout the United States of America. Special Interests Community Development-Housing Still Photography Ethnomusicology Military Service United States Air Force, 1967 – 1971 E-6 – Staff Sergeant – Dental Laboratory Technician, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, Silver Springs, MD