filmmaker bio

Carvin Eison has received national recognition for his work through ImageWordSound llc, including two NYS Emmy nominations, a 25th anniversary Classic Gold Telly, four bronze Tellys, the Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association, gold and silver medals at the Houston International Film and Video Festival and several additional honors and awards.

Major screenings include the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the High Falls Film Festival, the American Dance Festival, and the Contemporary Museum of Art in Warsaw, Poland. His new documentary Shadows of the Lynching Tree was screened at The BaKa Forum in Basel, Switzerland and Goethe-Institute in Accra, Ghana.

Mr. Eison has nearly forty years experience directing feature-length video, series television and commercial production for a wide array of corporate and not-for-profit clients, including the Dupont Corporation and Eastman Kodak. Since 1978, Eison has been the videographer for Garth Fagan Dance, and has toured internationally with the company. His work is included in the collection of the National Dance Archive and the Library of Congress. Mr. Eison has extensive experience directing live concert video, including the Frontline Festival concert in Zimbabwe for UNICEF (in association with Harry Belafonte) and Chuck Mangione’s “Friends and Lovers” concert for PBS.

During the 1980’s Mr. Eison was employed as a videographer, coordinating producer and producer/director for WXXI-TV, PBS affiliate in Rochester, New York. While at WXXI, he was responsible for a number of public affairs/news programs, and special presentations. He is the winner of two National Black Programming Consortium Prized Pieces awards for work produced in association with WXXI and was the recipient of Rochester’s “Communicator of the Year” award for film and video and a Red Ribbon from the American Film Festival.

Mr. Eison directed two seasons of “Perfectly Clear” – a weekly news and current affairs program with host Curt Smith. Guests included major national figures — President George H.W. Bush, former Senator Bill Bradley, Governor George Pataki, U.S. Secretary for Transportation Norman Mineta and Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. He also directed “The Home Show,” a 12-part television series on affordable homeownership and home buying that was a national pilot project of the FannieMae Foundation.