Roberto Mighty

Roberto Mighty

Independent Filmmaker

Other Roles: Director, Producer, Editor

Areas of Focus: Documentaries, Feature Films, Shorts

Organization: Celestial Media LLC

Website: www.robertomighty.com

Biography

 

Greetings! Happy to be a new member of FC and great to see old friends here. I am a filmmaker, TV producer, multimedia artist and musician. www.robertomighty.com

Usually I write, produce, direct, dp and edit. I work out of my own soundstage/edit suite/home here in Fort Point Channel.

My historical film, “Legacy of Love” – about MLK & CSK, premiered on WGBH in August, 2020. Now programming interactive, site-based multimedia exhibit for post pandemic.

Currently producing/hosting 13 episodes each of two new half-hour series with presenting station Northern California Public Media and distributor American Public Television: “getting dot OLDER” about aging across America; and “World’s Greatest Cemeteries” about international travel, history, diversity, dramatic reenactments and landscape, treating cemeteries as outdoor museums.

Because of COVID restrictions on travel – for my public television shows – I’m working remotely with DP’s and crews around the world and across the USA, shooting host wraparounds in my studio.

Also producing a new web series – “Trees of My City” – about people of color in nature, a subject near and dear to my heart. Slowly filming a feature doc – “This is Family” – on African-American motorcycle clubs. Writing a narrative feature screenplay I hope to direct about a 19th century historical figure.

Taught documentary, cinematography and editing at Emerson College and Boston University over the past twelve years. Various artist/film residencies and multimedia museum/gallery exhibits at Harvard, National Science Foundation, NBPC, NALIP, Truro Center for the Arts, Mt. Auburn Cemetery and Kopkind/CID.

MFA/Visual Arts from Lesley University and BA/History from BU. Looking forward to meeting you. Let’s jam outdoors sometime. I’ll bring my guitar.  ###

Greetings! Happy to be a new member of FC and to see so many old friends in the organization. I am a filmmaker, television producer, multimedia artist and musician.

 

Usually I write, produce, direct, DP and edit.  My historical film, “Legacy of Love” – about MLK & CSK, premiered on WGBH in August, 2020.

 

Currently producing/hosting 13 episodes each of two new half-hour series with presenting station Northern California Public Media and distributor American Public Television: “getting dot OLDER” about aging across America; and “World’s Greatest Cemeteries” about international history, diversity, biography, landscape and culture.

 

Filming “Trees of My City” about people of color in nature and “This is Family”, documentary on Black motorcycle clubs. Writing a screenplay (who isn’t?) about a fascinating 19th century historical figure.

 

I taught documentary, cinematography and editing at Emerson College and Boston University for twelve years. Various artist/film residencies at Harvard, Kopkind/CID, NALIP, NBPC.

 

 

These days I’m focusing on creating/producing my own public TV/doc, narrative film and museum installation projects. MFA from Lesley University and BA from Boston University.  Live and work in Fort Point Channel.

Greetings! Happy to be a new member of FC and to see so many old friends in the organization. I am a filmmaker, television producer, multimedia artist and musician.

 

Usually I write, produce, direct, DP and edit.  My historical film, “Legacy of Love” – about MLK & CSK, premiered on WGBH in August, 2020.

 

Currently producing/hosting 13 episodes each of two new half-hour series with presenting station Northern California Public Media and distributor American Public Television: “getting dot OLDER” about aging across America; and “World’s Greatest Cemeteries” about international history, diversity, biography, landscape and culture.

 

Filming “Trees of My City” about people of color in nature and “This is Family”, documentary on Black motorcycle clubs. Writing a screenplay (who isn’t?) about a fascinating 19th century historical figure.

 

I taught documentary, cinematography and editing at Emerson College and Boston University for twelve years. Various artist/film residencies at Harvard, Kopkind/CID, NALIP, NBPC.

 

These days I’m focusing on creating/producing my own public TV/doc, narrative film and museum installation projects. MFA from Lesley University and BA from Boston University.  Live and work in Fort Point Channel.

 
 

 

 

Films

Legacy of Love (2020)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

Legacy of Love premiered on WGBH-TV in August, 2020, and will be broadcast nationwide in 2021.

Legacy of Love reveals the mostly unknown story of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott’s formative years in 1950’s Boston – where they met as students – fell in love, and started on the road to becoming worldwide leaders and iconic symbols for the rights of oppressed people all over the world.

Legacy of Love highlights the influence of Coretta Scott’s leftist politics on their mutual trajectories.

Taking stylistic cues from narrative filmmaking, this documentary explores their romantic relationship and their dreams for a life of activism and family. In terms of storytelling, Legacy of Love utilizes living witnesses, historical dramatizations, music, and original illustrations. ###

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Peach Pie (2016)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

Peach Pie (Narrative, Drama, Director/Screenwriter Roberto Mighty, 18 minutes, color, 2016)

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/147959736

– Official Selection, Hollywood International Shorts Festival

– Official Selection, Atlanta Urban Mediamakers Film Festival

Peach Pie is an independent dramatic short film by Roberto Mighty, Starring Robin JaVonne Smith, introducing Jalon, featuring Kathryn Howell, with Johnny Quinones, Shawn Read and Jacoby. The story is based on a short poem by Charles Coe.

Peach Pie follows one afternoon in the life of a 7-year old boy and his mother, whose untreated mental illness is affecting their lives. Still in mourning after their soldier Father/Husband was killed in action, they struggle to cope day-to-day. An intervention by a well meaning neighbor – who may have a hidden agenda – leads to an emotional moment.

More info: facebook.com/peachpiefilm/ or peachpiefilm.com or robertomighty.com

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Charles Coe: Man of Letters (2016)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

Charles Coe: Man of Letters 
A film by Roberto Mighty
Genre: Artist Profile
Color. High-Definition
Running Time: 9 minutes, 21 seconds
© 2016

Official Selection: Roxbury International Film Festival 2020

Official Selection: Malden Media Center/Arlington International Film Festival 2020
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Charles Coe: Man of Letters is a film profile of the African-American writer, musician and pundit.

If we forgive the sins of our parents, can we heal ourselves? Author Charles Coe’s second book of poetry, All Sins Forgiven, is a journey of self-discovery.

This film captures Coe’s charismatic performances of poetry reading, blues singing and didgeridoo playing (!) before an appreciative live audience, interspersed with intimate interviews around issues of family, secrets and forgiveness. ###

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Jesseca Ferguson: Cabinet of Curiosity (2016)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

Official Selection: Malden Media Center/Arlington International Film Festival 2020

Jesseca Ferguson: Cabinet of Curiosity A film by Roberto Mighty Genre: Artist Profile Running Time: 12 Minutes, 13 seconds Color, High Definition © 2016 “Jesseca Ferguson: Cabinet of Curiosity” is a new biographical profile of internationally renowned book artist, collage maker and pinhole photographer Jesseca Ferguson. The film takes us behind-the-scenes to Ferguson’s studio loft, with its collection of 19th-century books, taxidermy, animal bones and exotic ephemera from her lifetime of collecting curious objects. We see her at work doing pinhole photography and creating an artists’ book. Ferguson shares her artistic processes and the thinking behind her extraordinary creativity. We also visit an exhibit of Ferguson’s work at an art museum, interview the curator her Jesseca’s career and the role of women in early 19th century photography; explore art-making techniques; and discuss a current music/art collaboration with her husband, composer Mark Pevsner.  Intimate interviews reveal Ferguson’s unusual upbringing and its effect on her artwork. “Jesseca Ferguson: cabinet of curiosity”  brings viewers into the creative mind of one of America’s celebrated “handmade art” practitioners.

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earth dot sky (2017)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

“earth dot sky” is a collection of 29 original short films at one online exhibit website (earthdotsky.com) about one national historic Landmark cemetery and people buried there.

Roberto Mighty, MFA, is the first Artist-in-Residence at a US Cemetery, and the first at Mount Auburn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark and America’s first garden cemetery. Roberto is a multimedia artist, filmmaker, photographer, sound designer and musician who uses interactive and online technology in his work.

‘earth dot sky’ is his transmedia meditation on life, death, ritual, history, landscape, nature and culture – as observed at Mount Auburn over close to three years. This body of work includes nature cinematography, historical research, stories from diverse families, and extraordinary emotional journeys.

The online exhibit includes Roberto’s 29 earth dot sky film shorts; photo gallery; artist statements and additional information.

Now on tour, the critically acclaimed earth dot sky multi-projector, surround-sound, immersive video installation evokes American history and modern times.

Funding for this project

A. J. & M. D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust

Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge Arts Council

Preservation Fund for Eastern Massachusetts of

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Mass Humanities

Watertown Cultural Council

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