- Additional Positions at AU
- Associate Division Director, Film and Media Arts
- BA, Integrative Arts, Penn State University
BA, French Culture & Language, Penn State University
MFA, Film and Electronic Media, American University
- Favorite Spot on Campus
- The Dav
- Favorite Place in Washington DC
- The Black Cat, 14th Street
- Book Currently Reading
- Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh... still getting through it) and likely a big stack of comic books
For over a decade Kyle “Kylos” Brannon has performed as a VJ, or live video artist, at clubs, crafting live video mash ups for DJs including Moby, MSTRKRFT, Nadastrom, Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman. He’s performed at 930 Club, U Street Music Hall, Ram’s Head Live, The Black Cat, Jefferson Theater, NYC’s Highline Ballroom, and others. He is a company member with Rorschach Theatre and designs video projections for plays, including, 410[gone] , Reykjavik, Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven, She Kills Monsters, and The Toxic Avenger Musical. With Rorschach Theatre, he was on the creative team for Distance Frequencies, a 7 month long theatrical subscription experience that involved over 400 people in exploring DC and following an ever evolving story, which culminated in an outdoor performance at the Parks at Walter Reed. Throughout 2020/21 Kylos worked as lead designer for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking's Media Report, doing both the print layout and the web & mobile site.
He has created installations and live video performances, including immersive experiences for Little Salon DC, a solo exhibit titled Forgetting is Normal with the Anacostia Arts Center, and an original theatrical performance piece with Cultural DC’s Source Festival, titled Exquisite Depths. Kylos is a Professor in the School of Communication at American University and serves as the Associate Division Director for Film & Media Arts, and advisor for AU’s chapter of Delta Kappa Alpha. Every Spring, Professor Brannon produces and directs the American Visions Awards, SOC’s film awards ceremony. Kylos has run workshops for DC Shorts, South Asian Film Festival, Anne Feren Teaching Conference, UFVA Conference, and the Smartphilm Festival. He has also served as a judge or panelist for the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, DC Webfest, DC Shorts, TIVA Awards, CILECT Student Awards, Smartphilm Fest, and the Illinois Arts Council.
Prior to becoming a full-time professor, Kylos spent 6 years producing media for exhibit spaces and museums including The Smithsonian, The Civil Rights Museum of Topeka Kansas, Historic Jamestowne, and The Great Lakes Science Center. That experience has informed his ideas for live video performances and installations. Other relevant credits include Producer for the NBC-DC web series Stage Fright (winner of 3 LA Webfest Awards), Director of the music video for Will Eastman’s So Damn High (Remix), Co-Director of An Impression: Dischord Records for The Goethe Institute and Co-Author of the text book Visual Literacy from Kendall Hunt Publishing.
COMM-651 Colloquium: The Story of Film
COMM-105 Visual Literacy
COMM-416 Topics in Film and Media Arts: Masters of European Cinema