Louis Massiah is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center that provides educational workshops and equipment access to community groups and emerging independent media makers. A MacArthur Foundation fellow, Massiah has developed community media production methodologies that assists first time makers use time-based visual media as a creative tool for authoring their own history. He is artistic director of the Precious Places Community History project, composed of over 70 short documentaries produced collaboratively with neighborhood organizations in Philadelphia, Chester, PA, and Camden, NJ. He also is project director of the Muslim Voices of Philadelphia community history project. Currently, he is co-directing the Great Migration Project, a collaborative community media project to celebrate the centenary of the beginning of the movement of African-Americans from the southern states to the industrial north.
Massiah’s award-winning documentaries, which include The Bombing of Osage Avenue, W.E.B. Du Bois – A Biography in in Four Voices, two films for the Eyes on the Prize II series, and A is for Anarchist, B is for Brown, have been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals and museums throughout the US, Europe and Africa. In 2011, he was commissioned to create a five channel permanent video installation for the National Park Service’s President’s House historic site. He has been a board member and content provider for the Deep Dish TV satellite network, the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Third World Newsreel, International Film Seminars (The Flaherty) and PhillyCam. A graduate of Cornell University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massiah has been a guest artist at Swarthmore College, Temple, Princeton, Haverford College, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.