Jose Reyes

DP Film / CP Media Arts Teacher

I am honored to be returning to DCI for a fifth year as a faculty member. This year, I am ecstatic to teach in both our IB tracks: Diploma and Career programs. I will be teaching DP Film and CP Media Arts. As we grew and amplified choice, students have advocated for options that prepare them for a direct path for college, but also equips them with vocational skills they can apply to a job directly after high school. In order to do so, we will learn to understand how the evolution of technology has a direct correlation to how we produce and consume images. With emphasis in critical thinking, problem solving, and a call to action. All skills needed in the emerging economic market. As part of both our academic tracks, I hope to bridge the need of both by providing direct real world applications and service learning opportunities for students to put into practice and reinforce skills learned. Thus, when they leave DCI they can feel confident in holding a career in any arts, media, and technology relate field. Outside of the classroom, I co-coach Girls Varsity Soccer, and am advisor to Yearbook, Photography, Minority Activism clubs, and this years’ brand new Television Production club. Prior to DCI, I hold extensive experience in film production in both short and feature films, as well as writing and producing digital commercials and marketing campaigns for Big Bus Tours, Washington, D.C. My B.A. thesis short-film, Boys Parts, was a selection at the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2013. My academic areas of interest are minority representations in film and media, the effect of popular culture on society (the image and the reality), war films and melodramas, film theory and criticism, and most importantly, Lady Gaga. I hold an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from the University of Tampa.