STEPHEN BLAUWEISS, is an independent filmmaker. His 25 years of experience encompass all aspects, from concept through final production, and he has produced over 75 short films and 3 features. He produces work on a wide variety of subjects, from art and education to social and environmental issues. A number of Blauweiss' films have been screened in museums, exhibitions, and festivals across the US, Europe, and Canada, and he has received NYSCA and NEA grants. A native of New York City, Blauweiss was immersed in the art world from an early age. His expertise includes producing, directing, editing, art directing, cinematography, lighting, and graphics. Blauweiss is also a graphic designer and has taught for over 25 years, including a decade at Pratt Institute and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). Blauweiss is co-producer of Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, a feature documentary chronicling how in the 1960s, federally funded urban renewal projects destroyed hundreds of working-class communities across America, including Kingston's Rondout neighborhood. The film has been screened across the Hudson Valley, and in Albany and New York City.