Michael Wellenreiter, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor
Office: Merion Hall 321
Phone: (610) 660-1828
Email: mwellenr@sju.edu
Website: www.severinepictures.com


B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Communication Arts)

M.F.A., Temple University (Film and Media Arts)

Professional Experience

Michael Wellenreiter is an independent film director and a founder of the Philadelphia-based production company Severine Pictures. He has directed four narrative feature films to date, including Once Upon a Lie and Legalization, which have been distributed to West African-themed video stores and written about in Front Page Africa, and Our Summer Movie, distributed by Indieflix. His latest feature is the arthouse thriller La méduse rouge, which continues the multicultural and international themes of his work. His direction of surreal narrative music videos has also garnered attention; works for such artists as Robert Pollard, Mahogany, and The Teeth have been viewed online or on DVD internationally.

In addition to his film work, he conducts research into the narrative workings of video games, including analyses of such series as Fallout, Mass Effect, and Metal Gear Solid.

At Saint Joseph’s, he teaches courses in digital filmmaking, television production, and film studies.

Courses Taught

Digital Filmmaking

Short Film Production

Introduction to the Film

Sound Design

Producing and Business of Film


Wellenreiter, M. (2015), 'Screenwriting and authorial control in narrative video games', Journal of Screenwriting 6: 3, pp. 343-361, doi: 10.1386/ josc.6.3.343_1.