M.F.A. Documentary Film: Class of 2014: Edward Symes

  • Edward Symes is a producer, director, and founder of Here and Now Films.  Edward has shot and produced short documentaries in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa, and East Timor.  In 2008 he premiered a 30 minute documentary film, Los Medicos, at the Jackson Hole Film Festival and edited the 26th Annual United Nations HIV/AIDS conference video. He created a five-part web series on the USS BOXER Navy Ship with global health organization Project Hope.  In 2009, he edited a six-part media series for OXFAM America on the mining industry in Peru.  He worked as a cinematographer on the global music project 1 Giant Leap (Channel 4-UK), contributed to videos for Time Magazine and Yahoo! Assignment Earth as well as commercials for IBM, Facebook, and SEIU. As an artist, his work has appeared in group exhibitions at the Visionaires Gallery in Paris, the annual Soiree du Louvre in NYC, Art Basel Miami, and Webster Hall as part of the Quarterly Art Soiree 2010.  Edward is a co-founder of the creative collective FRONTRUNNER.  He served as art show curator and gallery director for Frontrunner Gallery in TriBeCa from 2010-2012.  Edward has taught documentary filmmaking with Barefoot Workshops and the Maine Media Workshops. He holds a degree in English from Kenyon College and serves on the Kenyon Fund Executive Committee.






    Gold Heist

    hd video

    9:12 min.


    The theft of a legendary gold display in the town’s courthouse offers a glimpse into the town’s history and keen fascination with striking it big.









    You Can't Fake This

    hd video

    5:40 min.


    Amir H. Fallah, an independent publisher and founder of Beautiful/Decay Magazine, found acceptance and inspiration in the photocopied 'zines, punk rock music, graffiti, and skateboarding of his youth.




     Answering the Call

    Co-directed with Emily Fraser

    hd video

    6:09 min.


    As U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, soldiers on the frontline lack critical supplies.  One American civilian answers their call.




    Taos Shortz Film Fest, 2014

    Napa Valley Film Festival, 2013

    Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2013

    University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference, 2013






    By Design

    16mm black and white film

     2:09 min.


    Personal essay on the changing of the design community with 3D printing, open source, and do it yourself culture.




    "Party on the Edge", Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2013


Boy Sharpening a Quill


Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin

Photo credit: Scala / Art Resources, NY

Liberty Club #2


Acrylic and water-based oil

Enrique Chagoya

Off the Charts: the Song-Poem Story

A film by Jamie Meltzer

Courtesy: Joshua Forney



Acrylic on Shaped Canvas

Matt Kahn