Dr. Boulton is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa where he teaches media studies, film production, and leads travel courses abroad.
As a scholar-filmmaker, my creative work asks critical questions about identity, inequality, and memory. Life After Life (2018), a feature-length documentary about physically integrated dance, challenges stereotypes around race, age, and ability. Every Body Dances (2020) extends the accessibility of that project by adding captions and audio description for the hearing and visually-impaired. Salvage (2020), an experimental film about power, aesthetics, and the consequences of taste, revives old objects to critique consumer capitalism's historic asymmetries of gender, ethnicity, and class. And Cosmic•Atomic (2022) is a 360 video remake of my short film Power Trip (2018), an immersive journey across space and time compressing 60 years of scientific imagination. My work has screened at over 100 film festivals all over the world and won Best Video Essay at the Orlando Film Festival, Special Mention at DocsMX in Mexico City, a Director's Choice Award from the Thomas Edison Film Festival, Best Short Documentary at the Sunscreen Film Festival, Best VR Interactive Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Best Immersive (Jury and Audience) at CineGlobe in Geneva, and was published in the Hyperrhiz Journal of New Media Cultures and the [in]Transition Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies.
Sun of the East Award Nominee for Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality and 360° Video
Cosmic•Atomic
3rd Tagore International Film Festival
Bolpur
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
15th Byron Bay International Film Festival
Byron Bay
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
63rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Thessaloniki
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
11th Adelaide Film Festival
Adelaide
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
7th FICMA: Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos
Mexico City
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
12th Twin Cities Film Fest
St. Louis Park
2022
2nd Place - New Media Section
Cosmic•Atomic
76th University Film and Video Conference
Fredonia, NY
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
4th VRE - Virtual Reality Experience
Milan
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
18th Vox Popular Media Arts Festival
Thunder Bay
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
25th Guanajuato International Film Festival
León, San Miguel de Allende, Irapuato
2022
Immersive Award Winner (Jury and Audience)
Cosmic•Atomic
11th CineGlobe Film Festival
Geneva
2022
Best VR
Cosmic•Atomic
7th Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Melbourne
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
23rd ShorTS International Film Festival
Trieste
2022
VR Storytelling Award Finalist
Cosmic•Atomic
15th LICHTER Filmfest
Frankfurt
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
6th Festival ECRÃ
Rio de Janeiro
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
32nd Florida Film Festival
Orlando
2022
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
9th FIVARS: Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories
Toronto/Los Angeles
2022
Official Selection
The Accomplice
3rd Cyber Shorts Film Festival
Online
2022
Official Selection
The Accomplice
11th Just a Minute Film Festival
Winchester, MA
2022
Official Selection
Progress
12th Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival
Amsterdam
2022
Official Selection
Progress
14th Naples International Film Festival
Naples, FL
2022
Semi-Finalist
Progress
21st Miami Short Film Festival
Miami
2022
Official Selection
Progress
7th Blackbird Film Festival
Cortland, NY
2022
Winner - Best Short Documentary
Progress
17th Sunscreen Film Festival
St. Petersburg
2022
Official Selection
Progress
15th Gasparilla Film Festival
Tampa
2022
Official Selection
Progress
12th Love Your Shorts Film Festival
Sanford
2022
Official Selection
Progress
3rd Dunedin International Film Festival
Dunedin
2022
Official Selection
Progress
15th Jacksonville Film Festival
Jacksonville
2022
Official Selection
Salvage
2nd Mieres Under-60' Film Festival
Mieres
2022
Official Selection
Salvage
4th Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
Cincinnati
2022
Official Selection
Power Trip
3rd Cyber Shorts Film Festival
Online
2022
Annual Overall Best Virtual Reality, Installation, 360 Video, Augmented Reality
Cosmic•Atomic
17th Bridge Fest
Vancouver
2021
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
5th Virtual Reality Day LATAM
Loja
2021
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
5th MULTIFEST
Quito
2021
Official Selection
Cosmic•Atomic
4th VR FEST MX
Mexico City
2021
Official Selection
The Accomplice
13th Festival Angaelica
Pasadena
2021
Best Florida 1 Minute Movie
The Accomplice
6th Avalonia Film Festival
Jacksonville, FL
2021
Official Selection
The Accomplice
12th Underground Cinema Film Festival
Dublin
2021
Official Selection
The Accomplice
8th Mister Vorky
Ruma
2021
Best 1 Minute Film (March)
The Accomplice
3rd Luleå International Film Festival
Luleå
2021
Official Selection
Progress
13th Festival Angaelica
Pasadena, CA
2021
Official Selection
Progress
29th Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase
Orlando
2021
Official Selection
Progress
3rd Sands Film Festival
Jacksonville Beach, FL
2021
Official Selection
Progress
8th Soo Film Festival
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
2021
Official Selection
Every Body Dances
5th Cascadia Dance and Cinema Festival
Vancouver
2021
Official Selection
Every Body Dances
15th Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival
Fort Myers, FL
2021
Official Selection
Every Body Dances
18th We Care Film Festival
New Delhi
2021
Official Selection
Every Body Dances
5th Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival
Chicago
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
4th Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival
Detroit
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
23rd Indie Memphis Film Festival
Memphis
2021
Best Video Essay
Salvage
16th Orlando Film Festival
Orlando
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
26th Portobello Film Festival
London
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
17th Vox Popular Media Arts Festival
Thunder Bay
2021
Special Mention - International Fragments
Salvage
16th DocsMX
Mexico City
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
8th New Haven Documentary Film Festival
New Haven, CT
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
25th Avanca Film Festival
Avanca
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
13th Canadian Labour International Film Festival
Toronto
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
16th Dieciminuti Film Festival
Ceccano
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
8th Americas Film Festival NY
New York City
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
11th Besides the Screen
Ningbo
2021
Best Documentary Short Nominee
Salvage
8th ME Film Festival
Milledgeville, GA
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
48th Athens International Film and Video Festival
Athens, OH
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
9th Monadnock International Film Festival
Keene, NH
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
15th River Film Festival
Padua
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
18th Indy Film Fest
Indianapolis, IN
2021
Experimental/New Media Finalist
Salvage
69th Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
Columbus, OH
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
16th Festimatge
Calella
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
20th Common Good Festival
Salem, OR
2021
Best Experimental Nominee
Salvage
16th Cinema on the Bayou
Lafayette, LA
2021
Official Selection
Salvage
11th Broken Screen
Buenos Aires
2021
Director's Choice Award
Salvage
40th Thomas Edison Film Festival
Hoboken, NJ
2021
Official Selection
Every Body Dances
13th Rincon International Film Festival
Rincon
2020
Official Selection
Every Body Dances
7th Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival
Tampa
2020
Official Selection
Every Body Dances
3rd Rodi Festival
Thessaloniki
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
8th Summer Short of the Year
Madrid
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
15th Cortoglobo Film Festival Italia
Angri
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
23rd Ícaro International Film Festival
Guatemala City
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
7th Cine Tornado Festival
Curitiba
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
12th Percé International Film Festival
Percé, QC
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
33rd Dallas VideoFest
Dallas, TX
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
5th Adirondack Film Festival
Glens Falls, NY
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
32nd Girona Film Festival
Girona
2020
Official Selection
Salvage
35th Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale, FL
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
5th London International Motion Picture Awards
London
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
2nd Dunedin International Film Festival
Dunedin, FL
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
15th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
Lafayette, LA
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
13th Rincon International Film Festival
Rincon
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
2nd Tylerman Film Festival
Chicago, IL
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
16th Vox Popular Media Arts Festival
Thunder Bay, ON
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
11th Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Chagrin, OH
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
3rd Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
Toronto, ON
2020
Official Selection
Power Trip
10th Besides the Screen Festival
São Paulo
2020
"Thinking Images" section
Power Trip
22nd Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival
Tel Aviv
2020
Official Selection
Life After Life
17th Santa Cruz Film Festival
Santa Cruz, CA
2019
Wake me Up Short Film Programme
Power Trip
32nd Stuttgarter Filmwinter — Festival for Expanded Media
Stuttgart
2019
Official Selection
Power Trip
5th Raw Science Film Festival
Los Angeles
2019
Official Selection
Power Trip
7th Short Film Breaks
Everest Basecamp
2019
Official Selection
Power Trip
22nd Revelation Perth International Film Festival
Perth
2019
Official Selection
Power Trip
8th On Art Open Air Film Festival
Bydgoszcz
2019
World Premiere
Power Trip
4th Miami Independent Film Festival
Miami
2018
Winner of the Art Category
Power Trip
6th RATMA International Ten Minute Film Festival
Keighley
2018
Official Selection
Power Trip
15th Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground
Buenos Aires
2018
College
Macalester College
History
19921996
College
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Communication, MA & PhD
20042012
Dr. Boulton is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa where he teaches media studies, film production, and leads travel courses abroad.
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