Video and Film Arts chair Patrick Wright became a filmmaker because he wanted to learn, to venture out of himself and his narrow slice of reality, to expand his vision and to translate it for others. He co-produced the Oscar-winning short documentary, Music by Prudence, has made films on HIV/AIDS, Clergy Sexual Abuse and a profile of Ann Coulter, one of the most controversial political commentators of our day. He has produced an number of shorts many of them exhibited in fine arts galleries through out the United States including Artist's Space in NYC.
His films have screened internationally and Is It True What They Say About Ann? is distributed on DVD. Patrick was originally hired in the Photography Department with a mandate to develop a video major, which became a major in 2003. The Video Department now has 40 undergraduate majors who produce video works in a wide range of forms, from narrative to documentary, experimental to installation work, and motion graphics to web-based multi-media projects.