Tom Weber Films

documentary • concert video • live streaming

I make films about the here-and-now.

I have a lifelong passion for music that has resulted in several full-length films. Troubadour Blues (2011) is a journey to the heart of American music, seen through the eyes of a dozen touring singer-songwriters. Over the Pavement (2015) documents a three-day festival of improvisational and experimental music held in Detroit. Don’t Give Up Your Day Job (in post-production) documents the common experiences of working musicians of all ages and genres through more than 100 interviews and performances.

Meanwhile, I produce hour-long programs for WQLN, our local public television station, as a community service. These include Walking In Black History (2018), an exploration of the American Civil Rights movement through the eyes of teenaged students; A Few Things About Artists (2017), in which local artists discuss their works and creative process; and The Trouble With Poets (2016), which documents a community of performing poets in Erie. I also made 1000, a documentary/performance film in collaboration with the poet and activist Bigg Wash.

I love the challenges of long-form storytelling, but I can also see the writing on the wall. Attention spans are short and growing shorter; lives are complicated; it’s asking a lot to demand 90 minutes of someone’s undivided attention. Lately I’ve been getting excited about video streaming, a technology that has the immediate impact of live radio or TV, but can be viewed on your mobile device as well as your living-room TV. I’ve begun to roll out some exciting new content and services based on livestreaming technology.

I started out as a newspaper reporter right out of high school, but was entranced by film/video during my senior year of college and decided that I wanted to become a documentary filmmaker. I finally achieved that goal four decades later with the release of Troubadour Blues. In the meantime I worked as a print and broadcast journalist, taught journalism and media studies at various colleges, and played for 20 years in a great rock & roll band. I live in Erie, Pennsylvania, my hometown, and travel a lot.