Aaron Granat





3159 Vilas Hall

Aaron Granat

I am a media producer and video artist specializing in screen dance, multimedia performance, documentary, and narrative storytelling.  I have taught production courses for the UW Communication Arts Department for the last ten years, but I am currently working as a member of the support staff for the Com Arts Instructional Media Center facilitating equipment and media circulation. I am also staff videographer for the UW Division of the Arts.


  • M.A. Communication Arts, Film Studies, University of Wisconsin,  2010
  • B.A. Communication Arts-Radio, TV, & Film, 2007

Honors, Awards, & Grants

  • Edna Wiechers Arts In Wisconsin Award, 2021
  • Honorary guest coach for UW Badgers football, Office of Academic Services, Fall 2019
  • University Housing Honored Instructor, University of Wisconsin, Spring 2017
  • Excellence Award honoring UW-Madison Faculty/Staff/Community who support First Wave Scholars’ success, both inside and outside the classroom: The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI)/First Wave, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement, Fall 2015
  • BLINK Grant, Madison Arts Commission, April 2014

Selected Filmography

MindStorm (2020), Multimedia Performance: Co-Producer, Co-director, Video Artist. March 6-7. MMSD Planetarium, Madison, WI.

From the Ashes (2019), Documentary, 18 min: Director, Cinematographer, Sound Recordist, Editor.
Video installation: “Phoenix from the Ashes.” Playhouse Gallery, Overture Center of the Arts, Madison, WI. Sept. 6-Oct. 27.

Elemental (2017), Screen Dance, 5 min: Co-producer, Co-cinematographer, Co-editor, Sound Designer.

  • 2019 Migrations Dance Film Programme
  • 2019 Wildwood Film Festival
  • 2019 Green Bay Film Festival
  • 2018 Capitol Dance & Cinema Festival
  • 2018 Flatlands Dance Film Festival
  • 2018 Portland Dance Film Fest
  • 2018 Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival
  • 2018 Tiny Dance Film Festival
  • 2018 Madison Municipal Building Grand Opening
  • 2018 Rooftop Cinema at MMoCA


  • StandardVision Award for Artistic Merit, Dance Magazine Video of the Month Winner

Frames (2012), Narrative Feature, 90 min: Co-producer, Cinematographer, Colorist

  • 2012 Derby City Film Festival
  • 2012 Wisconsin Film Festival
  • 2012 Kansas International Film Festival
  • 2012 Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival

Online Screenings

  • No Budge (February 2013)
  • NuHo Online Film Festival (February 2014)
  • L.A. Cine-Salon (May 2014)
  • Fandependent Films (September 2016)


  • 2012 Award for Artistic Integrity (Mt. Hood Independent Film Fest)
  • 2013 Best Feature Award (No Budge)
  • Over 4 million views on YouTube
  • Remade in India as Perceptions (2017, dir. Virinchi Virivinti)