Glenn Holsten, Producer/Director
Glenn Holsten is a producer and director of documentaries and performance programs. His most recent documentary for Equality Forum is award-winning JIM IN BOLD (www.jiminbold.com). His most recent documentary for PBS, Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life, examines the city through the eyes of the 19th century American painter.
National PBS production credits include Mothers March, The Sounds of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Diary, The Great Comet Crash and Neptune All Night. He was director of An Angel In The Village (a portrait of Philadelphia-based artist Lily Yeh), which was broadcast on public television in May 1999. Gay Bingo, is a portrait of AIDS in the year 2000, as seen through the community surrounding Philadelphia's premiere AIDS fundraising event. He directed MURAL, a video diary project involving four Philadelphia mural artists. In collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, Glenn developed a prototype for an interactive documentary titled Intersections at Third and Indiana.
On the international production scene, Glenn has directed documentaries in Portugal, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Poland, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia.
Other works include AKA Judy Garland Park, Pulling it Together in North Philadelphia, The Sounds of Philadelphia, First Person Philadelphia, Words In Place (a series of video-poems inspired by the city), and Philadelphia Diary, a feature-length fictional film inspired by the drama of everyday life in the city of Brotherly Love.
Glenn is a recipient of the 1997 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a 2000 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. His works have been featured at the Banff, Dance on Camera, Houston, Columbus and New York Film Festivals, and have been awarded silver and gold awards from Corporation for Public Broadcasting for innovative television production. He has been honored with eighteen Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. A collection of his work was exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's 20th Century Video Gallery.
In the summer of 2000, Glenn traveled to Mongolia, where he conducted a workshop for television professionals that explored creative methods for storytelling on television. In Philadelphia, Glenn has taught a post-production workshop for adults at the Scribe Video Center and after-school video production workshops with teens at North Philadelphia's Village of Arts and Humanities. He holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Glenn is currently in working on Equality Forum's third documentary film, which is scheduled to premiere in early 2005.