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. His latest two feature films are sci-fi thrillers with a multicultural and international focus, including his latest, Mirrors (2018), which is currently on the film festival circuit, and Red Medusa (2013). His other feature films include 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 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 University, 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.