Update: #2020 and times are…strange

Well, I imagined I would be posting something a bit different once I got to this point in 2020.  COVID19 has definitely made things weird and sad and also a bit, well, exposed, I guess. My deepest condolences to anyone who lost a loved one to the coronavirus.

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On May 7, 2020, I graduated with honors from Temple University with my BA in Visual Anthropology, so I am psyched about that even if graduating ended up being anti-climactic.  But I did it. WOOHOO!

I’ve learned so much and there were a few film and photo projects I worked on, trying out new approaches to ethnographic video storytelling, including experimental elements.  More additions to my site in the near future, including a social documentary photography project and a series of videos from Cuba.

In the meantime, please enjoy this new abstract video I just finished which completes the “grafik” trilogy, originally started with grafik, an ode to German abstract film, and then went a little darker in grafik II, and then ends on a short and sweet, but high note in grafik 3.

(P.S. I moved to Austin, TX, after plotting to do so for a while.  Not the most ideal circumstances, but I’m happy to be here)!

grafik and grafik II are linked in the youtube description if you’d like to watch all three!


#SXSW Improvising the Divine has been submitted to SXSW 2020!

Hello everyone!


Great news, we (Tom Moran & I) have opted to submit the feature documentary Improvising the Divine: the Music of Tom Moran to SXSW Film Festival held during SXSW in Austin, TX in March 2020. We will get notification of acceptance (or not) by early February, so it will be a long wait.  I truly think this film would be perfect to screen during SXSW since it celebrates music and musicianship in a creative and interesting way.  And with NO funding, lol.

I’ll update everyone much later with the results, so please keep your fingers crossed and send out some winning vibes into the universe for us!


Chris Mason


NEWS: Spinning Goat is on the move to Philly

Hello! I thought I should post the big news!

I was accepted into Temple University’s Anthropology BA program, in the Visual Anthropology track, starting this Fall 2018! I’m entering as a junior, so in Spring 2020 I’ll graduate, and then I may enter their 4-year PhD program.  I’m very excited to combine all my prior knowledge and experiences with focused study and guidance, and create and collaborate on projects in a university environment.  I look forward to getting to know Philly a little better (warts and all), and seeing where this next big step takes me into the future.

My focus will remain on documentary video, with a focus on musical expression and social issues.  My desire is to contribute to the rich field of Visual Anthropology, while creating public programs for youth and adults to use/refine their use of media as empowered expression and cultural preservation. I’m also taking on the challenge of learning Arabic!

Make sure you check out my last film screening at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on Saturday, July 7, 2018 – a farewell to both my time in Pittsburgh and to my beloved Pittsburgh Filmmakers School, which is closing at the end of summer.

I’ll keep everyone updated on this site with any new cool stuff I’m up to, filmmaking and otherwise.  See you in August, Philly!

– Chris Mason, Director

FB event for the screening of Improvising the Divine: The Music of Tom Moran: https://www.facebook.com/events/240816926474051/


“tunnel” experimental observational video submitted to Art All Night

My experimental observational short “tunnel” was submitted to Art All Night’s Video Lounge.  This is the 5th year I’ve submitted to Art All Night, and it may be last as I’ll be in Philly next year attending Temple University to complete my Visual Anthropology BA. 🙂

Art All Night is April 28-29, 2018: https://www.artallnight.org/wp/

New videos for awesome local musicians: Doors in the Labyrinth and Suavity’s Mouthpiece

I love collaborating with other artists, particularly with musicians since I love working with them and their music – and promoting the greatness! (esp. being a former musician myself, as well as a dancer and lover of rhythm)

I recently completed a music video for Doors in the Labyrinth, a project of Josh Loughrey, who has a new EP out called The Sound of Her Wings, available now: https://doorsinthelabyrinth.bandcamp.com/album/the-sound-of-her-wings

Here is the video for a song from the EP called “Cannot Reach Her”


I recently filmed footage for upcoming music videos for J. Trafford and his band, Suavity’s Mouthpiece, who have just released a new CD called Bellows, which is already getting great reviews! Also, available now:

CD – http://bit.ly/BellowsCD
iTunes – http://apple.co/25eLFDR
Google Play – http://bit.ly/BellowsGPlay
Amazon MP3 – http://amzn.to/1XoKU52

Here is video from a recent live show: J. Trafford performing the Suavity’s Mouthpiece song “Cigarettes” from their prior release “Peerless Suavity” (also available to purchase online).

Stay tuned for the upcoming releases of two music videos for songs from the new Bellows CD!


Destination: NYC! International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival is ON!

“Machete Kisumontao el Documental” is one of 50 films screening Nov 11-15 during the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival! The documentary will screen on Saturday November 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Avenue, by Columbia University.

Tickets for the screening are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/machete-kisumontao-el-documental-tickets-19133399513

For more info about this awesome festival: http://www.iprhff.com

This is the 2nd film festival that Machete Kisumontao el Documental was accepted into, and we are thrilled!

Check back after the festival for pics and news from NYC!


Machete Kisumontao el Documental in NYC! November 14, 2015

I received the detailed schedule and “Machete Kisumontao el Documental” will screen at 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Avenue, (@120th) New York, NY 10027, as part of the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival!  The full festival runs from November 11-15th:  iprhff.com

Full schedule: http://iprhff.com/schedule/

Message me at spinninggoat@gmail.com if you’re in NYC and can catch the screening!  I am heading up on the 13th and staying until the 15th. I hope some members of Machete can make the trip.
All are welcome – let’s coordinate travel plans!

Link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/machete-kisumontao-el-documental-tickets-19133399513



New documentary project in development focused on Pittsburgh Afro-Cuban band



I am pleased to announce that the next project that Spinning Goat is developing is an in-depth feature documentary about Pittsburgh band, Guaracha Latin Dance Band. This documentary will have many facets, but will focus on the history of the band and its members since the 1980s (they brought the Salsa sound to Pittsburgh) and the African roots of their music and heritage.

While this is still in the pre-production phase, I will be filming their show at Howlers, 4509 Liberty Ave, 15224 on August 22nd, which will serve as an unofficial kickoff of filming for the project. So, come on down and check them out!!!