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!
Adrienne Chamberlin is 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.
She now finds herself wearing quite a few hats of her own as producer. 🙂
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.
R.J. Placko ‘s work is evident as film editor and online post processing specialist in all our film work.