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Jean Carlomusto

Jean Carlomusto

Director, Television CenterProfessor Media ArtsChair, SVPA Curriculum Committee

B.F.A., C.W. Post Campus, Long Island UniversityM.P.S., Tisch School of the Arts, New York University


For over 30 years, Jean Carlomusto has written, produced and directed independent documentary and narrative films. Her work has garnered acclaim both nationally and internationally in film festivals and museum exhibitions and on television. Additionally, her interactive video installation “Offerings” has traveled internationally as part of the "Not Alone" exhibition. Her recently completed feature-length documentary "SEx in an Epidemic" chronicles a history of HIV prevention in the United States. It has been picked up for distribution by Outcast Films.

Her celebrated film, "Shatzi is Dying," is a multilayered treatise exploring queer culture, AIDS politics, life and death. Featured on PBS in 2000, "Shatzi" centers on the numerous neardeath experiences of a beloved rescue dog. "To Catch a Glimpse" has been made part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In it, Jean delves into her family history by trying to find out if the rumors about her grandmother’s untimely death in 1939 from a botched abortion are true. In " L is for the Way You Look" (producer/director), also featured on public television, and "Not Just Passing Through" (coproducer/director), she pieces together lesbian history using imaginative structures of gossip, narrative and recollections. Her most recent work, "Monte Cassino," explores the long-term effects of war trauma on civilians by transposing her father’s childhood experience of being trapped on a WWII battlefield with the more recent events of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In 1987, Jean founded the Media Production Unit at Gay Men’s Health Crisis and has created numerous videotapes about HIV/AIDS over the past 25 years She was a member of the Testing the Limits AIDS Video Collective and DIVA TV, cocurated an interactive AIDS exhibit entitled "AIDS: A Living Archive," which ran at the Museum of the City of New York, and produced "Offerings," which was featured at the Museum of World Culture in Sweden. Carlomusto is professor of media arts and serves as director of the Television Center at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.


Film, Video, Interactive Media, LGBTQ Studies, HIV Prevention


  • Author, “Radiant Spaces: An Introduction to Emily Roysdon’s Photographs,” published in "GLQ" (2004)
  • Author, "Preserving Desire," published in Felix: A Journal of Media Arts and Communication (1992)
  • Co-author, "Do It! Safer Sex," published in "Leap in the Dark" (1992)
  • Co-author, "How Do I Look; Queer Film and Video" (1991)
  • Author, "Focusing on Women," publisged in "Women, AIDS and Activism" (1990)
  • Author, "Making It: AIDS Activist Television," published in Video Guide (1989)


  • “Offerings,” Durbin Art Gallery, Durbin, South Africa (2009); Fowler Museum, UCLA, California (2008); Museum of World Culture, Goteborg, Sweden (2004/2005)
  • "AIDS; A Living Archive", Museum of the City of New York, New York, N.Y. (2001)
  • "To Catch A Glimpse," Permanent Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y. (2000-present)
  • "Lesbian Genders," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, N.Y. (1996)
  • “AIDS,” Whitney Museum, New York, N.Y. (1989)
  • "Overlooked/Underplayed: Videos on Women and AIDS," The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, N.Y. (1989)
  • "Square Peg: Self-Defence," Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK, (1989)
  • "American Social Documentary, Subject To Change,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y. (1988)
  • "The AIDS Crisis is Not Over," Artists Space, New York, N.Y. (1988)
  • "Video For Advocacy, Resistance and Self Empowerment," The Kitchen, New York, N.Y. (1988)
  • 4th International Conference on AIDS, Stockholm, Sweden (1988)


  • Producer and Director, “Sex In An Epidemic” (documentary feature, 2010)
  • Co-producer and Director, “Bad Hair Day” (film, 14min, 2007), official selection of the Out in Film Festival, Atlanta, Ga. (2007)
  • Co-producer and Director, “Monte Cassino” (documentary feature, 2004), official selection of the MIX Festival, New York, N.Y.
  • Co-producer and Director, "Shatzi is Dying" (documentary feature, 2001), official selection of the OutFest Festival, Los Angeles, Calif. (2001); The New Festival, New York, N.Y. (2000); the Frameline International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, San Francisco, Calif., (2000); and the Peabody Festival, Portland, Maine
  • Co-producer and Director, “To Catch A Glimpse” (documentary feature, 1998), finalist at the USA Film Festival, Dallas, Texas, and official selection of the London International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, London, UK (1998); the Frameline International Film Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, San Francisco, Calif. (1998); the MIX Festival, New York, N.Y., (1997); Women in the Directors Chair, Chicago, Ill. (1996)
  • Co-Producer, Co-director and Editor, “Not Just Passing Through” (documentary feature, 1994)
  • Co-Producer, Co-director and Editor, "L is for the Way You Look” (documentary feature, 1990) Producer and Co-director, “Doctors, Liars, and Women: AIDS Activists Say No To Cosmo" (documentary, 1988)
  • Co-producer and Co-Director, “Testing the Limits NYC” (documentary, 1987) "Two Films by Jean Carlomusto," Not Hollywood, A Feminist Film Festival, New Paltz, N.Y. (2001) "Keeping It Within Our Grasp," Hallwalls, New York, N.Y. (1990) “Looking for Wild Things,” the American Film Institute Video Festival, Los Angeles, Calif. (1988)

Also has screened work at the INPUT: International Public Television Festival, Bristol, UK (1993); The New York International Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film, New York, N.Y. (1992), the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival, Los Angeles, Calif. (1988); and the Berlin Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (1988)

Work has been broadcast on WNET-TV ("Shatzi is Dying," 2001; "L is for the way you look," 1992, 1993; "Testing The Limits," 1989) and Showtime ("Voices From the Front," 1993)


  • Recipient, Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement
  • Recipient, Artist Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts,
  • Recipient, Excellence in Video award, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  • Recipient, Hometown USA Video Award forBest Documentary Event
  • Recipient, Granitz Memorial Award for Creativity in Film, Long Island University