Michael Wellenreiter, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor
Office: Merion Hall 321
Phone: (610) 660-1828
Email: mwellenr@sju.edu
Websites: Severine Pictures, Instagram, Facebook


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 founder of the Philadelphia-based production company Severine Pictures. His latest two feature films are retro-style sci-fi thrillers with a multicultural and international focus. Mirrors (2018) was awarded Best Sci-Fi Feature Film at the Chicago International Genre Film Festival, Best Visual FX at the Roswell Sci-Fi Film Festival, was an Official Selection of the Gen Con Film Festival, and continues to screen on the festival circuit. Red Medusa (2013) was awarded Best Feature Film at the Terror Film Festival, was nominated for several awards including Best Director at the Maverick Movie Awards, and was an Official Selection of the Lucerne International Film Festival.

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

MTF 284  Digital Filmmaking

MTF 285  Short Film Production

MTF 381  Episodic Television/Web Series Production

MTF 385  Sound Design

MTF 191  Introduction to the Film

MTF 281  Producing and Business of Film

MTF 495  Senior Thesis


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.

Grants and Awards

Best Sci-Fi Feature Film, Mirrors, Chicago International Genre Film Festival

Best Visual FX, Mirrors, Roswell Sci-Fi Film Festival

Best Feature Film, La méduse rouge (Red Medusa), Terror Film Festival

Dramatic Directing Award, La méduse rouge (Red Medusa), Amsterdam Film Festival

Nominated for Best Director, La méduse rouge (Red Medusa), Maverick Movie Awards