Conceptualist Films
Ideas in Images

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Dr. Francisco Ricardo has worn many and varied hats before founding Conceptualist Films (where he still wears those hats, but now with a twist). He is a art and culture expert, author, filmmaker, musician, and philosopher. He holds degrees from Harvard and Boston University, and for years taught in the Digital+Media Program at the Rhode Island School of Design. His artistic interests have always drawn him to the avant-garde, the different; indeed, his interest in what is called "New Media" - the fusing of technology and different forms of art - sculpture, film, painting, etc. to create something new and not easily categorized led him to write The Engagement Aesthetic: Experiencing New Media Art through Critique. This book is filled with discussions about various artists and their works, such as one whose piece is activated when random words are texted to a computer, or another whose work is only revealed if you're standing in the right place. He also founded a whole series on new media and digital art, International Texts in Critical Media Aesthetics. You can find this and other books of his here:


Then it occurred to him - why write about these artists, whose works so often depend on the moving (and audio-enabled) image to be shown to their best advantage, when he could make a film about them? And so, in 2011, he decided to stop teaching and founded the documentary film company Conceptualist Films. His vision is as diverse as his subjects - film for him is not just something to be watched passively, but something to experience and engage with, something visually unusual and with an energy that is thought-provoking and never boring! He also stays true to his love of music, composing and releasing an album of electronic music - check it out in the sidebar of this website

Jennifer Johnston, Producer

Jennifer Johnston, EdM, MA, met Francisco Ricardo at Harvard University where she was studying oral language, poetry, and literature. After she finished her degree at Harvard, Jennifer began working in Washington, DC and Baltimore where she taught literature at American University and research writing at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked at various community colleges over the years in developmental education to help students articulate their stories in essays, multimedia presentations, and life experience portfolios. She is currently involved in the documentary film community in Portland, Oregon, and is an active member of Women in Film, Portland Chapter. Jennifer studies make-up artistry for film and TV with make-up artist Celena Rubin and is updating her screenwriting skills with Cynthia Whitcomb. In Jennifer's work at Conceptualist, she uses her background in education and networking to bring Conceptualist film projects to festivals and theaters throughout the Northwest.


Adrienne Chamberlin, Producer, In Memoriam, was a librarian, researcher, and freelance writer with degrees from the University of Maine-Orono and Simmons College. She met Francisco while working at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and after some discussions about his work and vision for creating an entirely new kind of documentary, she became  a part-time researcher. As time went on, the research and responsibilities grew, and Adrienne left the museum to join the company full-time.

Pam Montoya  handles much of the travel coordination and other details that attend every shoot, making sure everything goes off as smoothly as possible.

Bill Gordon often attends shoots in New York and other places on the East Coast, wielding a camera with care and energy.

  • Lennie Polanco says:

    Hello Francisco and Adrienne,

    This is Lennie – visitor assistant from the ICA you spoke to today. Thanks for chatting with me! Very insightful! and Very intrigued to learn more about this upcoming documentary!!


    Lennie Polanco

  • A Chamberlin says:

    Hi Lennie!
    So sorry to see this so late! It was very nice to meet and speak with you, too! Thank you for checking out our site, and look for a new post to come out today. I’m sure we’ll be back at the ICA soon. 🙂

    Adrienne at CF