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New department head at CMI

Philip Lewis has taken on the role of academic department head for the Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University.



Philip Lewis will lead the Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Lewis, who spent the 10 of the last 15 years in Budapest, Hungary, has had experience in many fields of the film industry including directing, publicity and documentary work. With his knowledge and experience, Lewis has big plans for CMI.

"Academically, I would love to see a master's degree program put into place," Lewis said. "I would also like to expand our media with research, experiments and give students in the program opportunities for international exchanges to learn new filmmaking styles and film in unfamiliar places."

Lewis knows firsthand the advantages to filming around the world. His work on several feature-length documentaries have captured children in Venezuelan prisons and gypsies in Central Europe, as well as the documentary "Trabant Trek" in which a group of seven travelers venture from Germany to Cambodia in plastic cars called trabants.

In addition to his documentary work, Lewis has worked as a production manager for CBS, shot hundreds of commercials for NBC and worked for MTV making music videos with artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan.

Through his documentary and research background, Lewis has plans to bring an entirely new concept to the CMI program, having students help him create interactive documentaries. An idea he is still working on creating, his plan is to devise a way in which viewers would choose the sequence of the films and how it is put together.

In the meantime, Lewis hopes to create more opportunities for students to gain hands-on experiences through local projects.

"My goal is to bring more films to Southern New Mexico. This way, students can gain more experience working and preparing for their future."

Lewis received his bachelor's degree in media psychology from Albion College, his master's degree in media management from Indiana University in Bloomington and his PhD from Queensland University of Technology, Australia.