Filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. My films explore memory, history, geography and identity. As a filmmaker, I create short-form pieces that blend my interests in politics, history, space, and place with visual design principles and experimental production methods.
I am interested in "uncommon images": vintage lenses, distressed media, split-screens, rotoscoping, oddball soundtracks and other forms of cinematic intervention. I consider myself "genre-agnostic", meaning that while I am trained primarily in the fiction filmmaking process, I also have interests and experiences in documentary and experimental forms of filmmaking. Specializing in cinematography, I also have experience in screenwriting, cinematic post-production, sound design, animation, and intermedia experiments.
Additional interests as an artist and academic include the Western, low-budget film distribution, martial arts films, beatmaking, hybridity, urban space, projection mapping, science fiction, and cinematic special effects. I received a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Radio/TV/Film (Directing) from Northwestern University. I can be contacted at tjcasti <at> bgsu <dot> edu or thomasjcastillo <at> gmail <dot> com.