John Feldman is a highly original and critically acclaimed writer and filmmaker. His works cover a wide range of genres, including independent dramatic feature films, documentaries, educational films and films for business. Since making his first film in 1968, Mr. Feldman has cultivated his skills as a writer, cinematographer, director, and editor. His goal is to continually develop his craft so that he can “write with pictures and sounds” fluidly, passionately and honestly.
His feature films include Alligator Eyes (1990), Dead Funny (1995), Who the Hell is Bobby Roos? (2002), The Thief of Love (2006), and his latest: EVO: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask about Evolution (2010). Considered a pioneering digital video production, Who the Hell is Bobby Roos? won the coveted “New American Cinema Award” on the occasion of its world premiere at the 2002 Seattle International Film Festival. His first feature film, Alligator Eyes won a first prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and Screen International called it “a truly clever, funny and entertaining film,” while the London Observer said “Feldman’s handsome, intelligent movie is eloquently scripted.” Variety praised it as “unusually well written, directed and acted.” Dead Funny, which stars Elizabeth Pena and Andrew McCarthy, received critical acclaim with Variety proclaiming it “top notch,” and WBAI (NY) calling it “a steamy potion of lethal and erotic dark comedy.”
Feldman is also highly regarded as a writer and director of educational and documentary films. His recent dive into educational films for use in the classroom has resulted in EVO: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask about Evolution — a successful and acclaimed example of creating video as a tool for teachers. EVO won a CINE Golden Eagle in 2011. Recent projects also include a series of portrait films on artists for Purchase College, State University of NY; a history of biology education in the U.S. for BSCS; and an educational series on renewable energy for San Diego County Office of Education. He believes strongly in the power of film and video to explain, teach, and motivate.
In 1997, Mr. Feldman guided his production company, Hummingbird Films LLC, into the realm of digital filmmaking with a mission to explore, develop, and teach the unique creative potential of the new generation of digital production technology.
Mr. Feldman is also a teacher and mentor to students interested in entering the field of filmmaking. He is committed to teaching communications skills and visual literacy through the video production process itself. Mr. Feldman has taught film production at several universities including SUNY Stony Brook, Columbia Greene Community College and Universidad San Francisco de Quito. He also works with teenage students teaching digital video workshops through high schools and local community organizations.
Born in Baltimore in 1954, John Feldman’s early short films, including Dry Yearnings (1979), The Elevator Room (1980), and Circus of Hostages (1982), earned him numerous international film festival awards, as well as a student Academy Award and a CINE Eagle. He has a BA in biology from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Temple University.
Based in New York, John Feldman is married to Sheila Silver, a composer of contemporary concert music and Professor of Music at SUNY, Stony Brook. Together they make short contemporary music and video compositions, MusicVisions, for live concert presentation and DVD release. They have one son, Victor Silver Feldman.