4 Faculty & Staff Michael Dwyer Michael Dwyer studied film at Bard College and SUNY Purchase. His day gig is as a graphic designer and video production, but his heart is tied to art with a mission and social cause. Dwyer has produced three short films, Watch (2003), Rising Tide (2006), and Mom and Pop (2007), which were shown at festivals around the globe, including at Slamdance. Rising Tide won a Silver Medal for short documentary at the 2005 Bilbao Film Festival. Two serendipitous chance meetings inspired Michael’s most recent project. While volunteering as a teaching artist at Fishkill Correctional Facility, Michael met a man serving 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Then, on the opening night of the origami art installation “1000 Cranes,” which the inmates had created, Michael met Tomiko Morimoto West, a survivor of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. Recognizing the common bond that these two people shared, that of surviving and transcending grave injustice, Michael knew immediately that he had to return to documentary filmmaking to tell their stories of healing and transformation. Michael lives in the Hudson Valley on Beagle Mountain. Watch 2003, 6 mins. Michael Dwyer and Robert Todd A portrait of Konrad Brzezinski, Master Watchmaker, in Rye, NY.