Hello, my name is David Tamés, and this is my blog where I write about documentary, new media, and more. I’m a documentary filmmaker and media technologist working in old, new, & future media, in both screen and physical space. Any opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own and do not reflect those of my employers, clients, or any other person unless specifically attributed.
Current documentary project
Alice Apley and I are working on a biographical documentary on David Hamilton Smith (1932-1999), the medical researcher who developed a vaccine effective against bacterial meningitis (one of the most dangerous infections in children) and revolutionized the preventative care of children worldwide. The film explores Smith’s exceptional dedication and achievements as a medical researcher, entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist. In 1996 Smith was honored with the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research.
Working and teaching
I’m currently the Media Arts Studio Manager for the Studio Foundation Department at MassArt. I also teach a five-day intensive course at MassArt titled “Documentary Video Boot Camp” which is offered during the winter inter-session and summer semester. This semester I’m teaching History and Issues of Documentary Film. I also have taught “Documentary Project Studio,” a critique-oriented studio course in which students produce a complete 10 minute documentary on a topic of personal interest.
Recently completed projects include Remembering John Marshall, about the late ethnographic filmmaker, and Smile Boston Project about artist Bren Bataclan (Winner, Best Short Documentary, Woods Hole Film Festival, Winner, Best Regional Film, Northampton Independent Film Festival). Over the years I’ve worked in a variety of roles on a wide range of film, video, and web projects including: director of photography on five independent feature films (including Stephen Kijak’s Never Met Picasso); freelance videographer; producer; director; editor; and web developer. Major web projects include videographer and editor on “The East Village,” an award-winning site at the cutting-edge of web-based entertainment in 1996 (a decade before the YouTube revolution). More recently I worked as Project Manager for MIT TechTV, a video sharing site for the MIT community. I have taught film production, film history & aesthetics, project classes, and workshops.
Reel, Articles, and Speaking
If you are interested in checking out some of my work, visit my reel page to view some clips, my articles page for a list of articles, my speaking page for a list of speaking engagements, and my projects page for details on some projects I’ve done. A resume and/or CV is available upon request.
Phone: 617.216.1096 (best method timely matters)
Email: david [at] kino-eye [dot] com
Web contact form: kino-eye.com/contact/ (guaranteed not to get caught by spam filters)
Twitter: cinemakinoeye (tweets are erratic these days)
Blog: right here.
I’m often asked about the name kino-eye, so I’ve written a brief explanation why I chose kino-eye as the name of this site. If you are curious about the tools used to produce the site, that information can be found in the colophon.
1. Bob Daniels
2. Max Kovalsky, Monitor Films
3. Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano