Michael O'Reilly is a writer, composer, and filmmaker. He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, PCA, and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, has twice been to MacDowell and his work is in the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center in Paris. He graduated from Temple University in 2000 with an M.F.A. in film and media arts. He is a mutilple Emmy-award winning producer for the WHYY original production FRIDAY ARTS and teaches at Rowan University and at Phillycam - the pubic access channel of Philadelphia. As far as useless skills go, he is really good at noticing when people get a hair cut.
In 2013, he produced a piece for FRIDAY ARTS on local artist, Marc Brodzik. O'Reilly met Brodzik at MacDowell in 2000 and saw in his 2012 work an echo of one piece he had finished and left at Macdowell. This segment uses O'Reilly's original music and references MacDowell and the creative process and how Brodzik finally felt like an artist after his residency there. Additional footage of the colony as it is today was acquired with the help of fellows present at MacDowell in 2012.