" You put down one color and it calls for an answer. You have to look at it like a melody.” - Romare Bearden
Created in 2008, Visual Jazz is a media arts and film collective created in honor of visual artist Romare Bearden and musician Thelonious Monk. We are storytellers, content creators, filmmakers, motion graphic artists, animators, designers, photographers, visual artists and more.
We are located in the Gateway Media Arts Lab in Mount Rainier, MD and just inside the Gateway Arts district of Prince George's County. We focus on putting ideas into motion and producing original content and innovative stories and visual experiences in film, media and performance. We are also about our community through collaboration and empowerment through the use of film, art, technology and digital media.
Tewodross Melchishua Williams
Creative Director | Filmmaker | Designer | Animator | Consultant | VJ
Tewodross "Teo" Melchishua Williams is an award-winning digital media producer, filmmaker, animator, projection designer, afrofuturist and professor. He currently works with theatrical, branding, music. As a filmmaker, he is currently exploring projects in narrative and dramatic film, animation, short and long form video, mini-documentaries, visual art and more.
He is also is currently exploring concepts in afrofuturism, science fiction, music and culture. In addition to cinematic and artistic endeavors, he also continues to work in the areas of design, motion graphics, visual branding, music supervision and projection design. Teo also serves as an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts program, in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Bowie State University, located in Bowie, MD.
Awards | Activities | Festivals | Screenings
DC Black Film Festival
Future of Film
Urban Media Makers Film Festival
Maafa Film Festival
Iconoclash Film Festival
Heritage Film Festival
African World Film Festival
Rosebud Film Festival
Rooftop Films Film Festival
Sony Innovator Award in Animation
Rosebud Film Festival, Winner
Prized Pieces, The National Black Programming Consortium
Black International Cinema Berlin
Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour
Source Theatre Festival: Artistic Blind Date
DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Hip-Hop Initiative Grantee
Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grantee
DC Hip-Hop Theatre Festival
Director, Edge of the Pier (independent film)
Fulbright-Hayes Seminar Abroad, Senegal & Morocco
Bringing the Lessons Home, US Holocaust Museum, Israel
Curator/Artist, M3: MCs, Mics and Metaphors, hip-hop art exhibition
Citizen Representative, Art in Public Places Panel, Prince George's County, MD