Harry Keramidas, ACE
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Keramidas attended the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, graduating with a degree in industrial psychology. After 2 years service in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, Keramidas followed his developing interest in ethnographic film-making to UCLA Graduate Film School. He began his work as an editor for the Office of Economic Opportunity, the National Film Board of Canada and Encyclopedia Britannica Films. He eventually edited more than 70 documentaries, educational and ethnographic films.
Joining the Editors Guild in 1977, Keramidas found work as a dialogue editor on Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York, and moved into television with projects like HBO’s Tales from the Crypt, The Children Nobody Wanted, and Scared Straight!, Another Story, to name just a few. His feature film credits include Robert Zemeckis’ smash his Back to the Future series, About Last Night, Man of the House, Children of the Corn, Passed Away, Judge Dredd, Contact, Hoodlum, and the recent independent movie The Final Season.
Now living in Western Massachusetts, Keramidas started and now chairs the 5-year-old Ashfield FilmFest, which promotes short films made in or about the community. He also sits on the Ashfield Cultural Council and the Editorial Board of the Ashfield History Project, which is writing a history of the past 50 years, a continuing story of the 250 years since the incorporation of the town.