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Documentary Film Making
Hezekiah Lewis is the perfect source for commentary about film both from the thematic and technical standpoints. Having acted on stage, as well as written, directed and produced award-winning short films, Lewis has firsthand knowledge of the creative, technical and business aspects of film making. He has an extensive knowledge of film history and a clear sense of what keeps movie audiences coming back for more.
University of California, Los Angeles: MFA
Villanova University: MA
Villanova University: BA
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Two Films From Villanova University Students Selected As 2015 Student Academy Award Finalists (professional)
Lightning struck twice for students at Villanova University who can now add Academy Award finalist to their resumes. The Academy recently named not one, but two films from Villanova students as finalists for the Student Academy Awards. “Out of 16,000 films that were submitted,” said Hezekiah Lewis, an assistant professor at Villanova University, “I would have never in my wildest dreams believe that that would come out of Villanova University.”
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Villanova filmmaker focuses on unsung successes of area African Americans
Filmmaker and Villanova University educator Hezekiah Lewis 3rd was looking for a way to take the textbook feel out of Black History Month and imbue it with lessons about African American lives here-and-now, unremarked but hardly unremarkable.
Villanova students document plight of African Immigrants
The Philadelphia Tribune online
Last October, a group of Villanova University students traveled to Italy to document the trials and experiences of African immigrants. The crew of 17 set out to tell the story of how immigrants struggle to overcome the social and political barriers that would lead to acceptance and opportunity within the Mediterranean coastline country. Last month, in the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the students premiered their final product, a riveting, thought-provoking and timely film, Limbo. “The making of Limbo was a learning experience from beginning to end,” said the film’s co-producer, Kyle Bowles. Under the auspices of Crosscurrent Pictures, the name the documentary class adopted for their working group, Limbo is an entirely student-run production guided by Villanova professor and executive producer, Hezekiah Lewis.
Scientists say 'San Andreas' is not accurate: Will moviegoers care?
The Christian Science Monitor
The coming release of Dwayne Johnson’s movie “San Andreas” this weekend is reopening the debate about how much creative license Hollywood should take in disaster movies. But for Hezekiah Lewis, a film professor at Villanova University near Philadelphia who grew up living on the San Andreas Fault in San Bernardino, realistic safety protocols do not make up for what he sees as irresponsible scientific discrepancies. “I think it’s dangerous to mislead the audience to think that buildings shake and explode like that, even though it’s fiction and everyone knows,” says Professor Lewis. “I think the filmmakers should go out of their way to say what can and can’t happen, and filmgoers should know as well.”
The Black Heritage Network
KUT 90.5 Austin TX NPR Station online
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Hezekiah Lewis, President and CEO with the Black Heritage Network. Founded in 2010, BHN.TV brings its viewers quality, relevant programming that reflects the African American experience. The founders believe that it was time to step up and create one TV channel whose single mission is to be the first and only full-time television destination for the real stories of African American life in America.
For Hollywood, 2013 was the year of the franchise
The Christian Science Monitor online
There are three trends reflected in movie box-office receipts for 2013, industry analysts say: franchises, franchises, and franchises. What is a sign of health, counters Hezekiah Lewis, professor of film studies at Villanova University near Philadelphia, is 2013’s high number of smaller, character-driven movies with a diverse roster of directors. These include “12 Years a Slave” – whose director, Steve McQueen, could be the first black to win an Oscar in that category – and “Gravity,” which was directed by Mexican Alfonso Cuarón Orozco.