Director BIO: John Moody (REDEMPTION SQUARE)

Documentary Short Film Festival

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John Moody is a filmmaker, planner, and designer who uses film to understand people’s lived experiences and help them reimagine their physical environment. With a background in Hollywood (including four seasons on the set of New Girl) and a master’s degree from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, John champions the idea that media and storytelling can serve as critical tools to illuminate complexity and contradiction, create empathy among disparate groups, and stimulate collective action. He channels this philosophy in his work with Invisible Cities Studio, a film-based planning and design studio.

Director Statement

“Redemption Square” actually began as my city planning thesis project (see https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/104985 for the full scoop). My original goal with it was to show how you could use filmmaking to transform the process of designing urban environments – drawing on film’s ability to represent subjective perceptions, memories, and imaginations – but the version I’d made…

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