The Artist Series

The Artist Series premiered in April and May of 2015 on

The first post featured a Q & A with the filmmaker.

In 2014, three short video profiles were filmed and edited for the Artist Series, a project of filmmaker Courtney Rile.  The goals for the project were to develop outside of the box storytelling strategies utilizing sound and editing techniques while exploring the art-making process.  Filming brought a lens into the nonlinear world of the studios and workspaces of artists.  In the act of creating, there is rarely a straight line between A and B.  Therefore, it was the perfect environment to experiment with storytelling techniques.  There are many talented artists in the Central New York area.  For them, this project serves as a source for inspiration for creating art.  This project also serves as an example and reminder of the variety of artists that can be found in Syracuse, Oswego, and the surrounding areas.

The Artist Series highlights painter and writer Barry Grose, photographer and designer Colleen Woolpert, and dancer and choreographer Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell.  It was filmed by Michael Barletta, Mike Swatt and Courtney Rile and edited by Courtney Rile.


The Artist Series: Barry Grose

The Artist Series: Cheryl Wilkins- Mitchell

The Artist Series: Colleen Woolpert

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.







Courtney Rile is a media maker and arts entrepreneur living and working in Syracuse, NY.  Rile has been a professional video editor for thirteen years and has a degree in Video Art from Syracuse University (2004).  In addition to filmmaking, Rile has curated visual and media art exhibits, operated galleries and launched arts initiatives, giving her a unique perspective to make films about artists.