Byron Karabatsos
Visiting Assistant Professor
MFA, Temple University
BA, The University of Michigan

Byron’s short films have screened at festivals around the country, including:  the 10th Annual Sarasota Film Festival, the 30th annual Big Muddy Film Festival, the 25th annual Denver International Film Festival and the 2008 Maryland Film Festival. He’s received grants from Philadelphia’s Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA), Media Independence, Temple University, and the University of the Arts.  He’s also made a short documentary commissioned by Microsoft. In addition to making films, he’s collaborated with Philadelphia choreographers as a video installation artist.  He’s worked with Tania Isaac’s Dance Company and Nichole Canuso Dance Company on Wandering Alice for the 2008 Philadelphia Live Arts Festivals. He received an MFA from Temple University’s Film Program and teaches film courses at Temple University and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  He recently completed his first feature documentary, No One Else Could Love You More, about Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance/Theater.  For more information, please visit

Artist Statement:

I am interested in the ways individuals cope with and are defined by societal constructs -- familial, interpersonal, economic or political -- and their past.  The decisions my characters make in regards to their problems are not simply a function of desire, but are determined by complex factors, many of which they are often unaware and at times unable to act upon.    

I make films that explore, and often foreground, the tension that's inherent in the cinema's relationship to reality.  They blur the boundaries between fiction and documentary, exploring the ways the real and artificial, and objective and subjective are inseparably connected in a search for truth.   Rather than trying to capture a seamless naturalism, I strive to make films in which the images and sounds, and not simply the thrust of the narrative, create an emotional and/or tonal impact on an audience. 

My use of a static or moving camera, an acting style based on action and gesture, off-screen ambient sound or an image that lingers on-screen even after it's conveyed the information necessary for the narrative is part of a film's meaning -- a meaning that's impossible to separate from the experience of watching and listening.

Class Schedule, Fall 2016

08:30AM - 11:20AM
01:00PM - 03:50PM
Junior Production Workshop
W04:00PM - 09:50PMVideo Production
F08:30AM - 09:50AMCreative Practices
F10:00AM - 11:20AMCreative Practices
M04:00PM - 06:50PMWriting the Short Film

Contact Info

Office: Terra Hall 1201
Tel: 215-717-6464
Fax: 215-717-6467