Filmmaker, Musician, Educator, Entrepreneur. Arthur Rouse has spent 30 years in a synthesis of these pursuits. Mr. Rouse is a graduate of Florida State University with a BA in cinematography and Pepperdine University with an MA in Educational Technology. He also earned a certificate in television production from the Television Studio School of New York and spent time at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
A lifelong passion for music propelled Arthur on a musical tour of the "Chitlin' Circuit" in the 1970s and created an opportunity to live and play in Nashville, New York and New Orleans, working with such luminaries as blues great Earl King (backing up NOLA great Professor Longhair and Ernie K. Doe), performer/producer Paul Worley, composer/performer Kinny Landrum, singer/songwriters Buddy and Julie Miller and songwriting legend Tom Ghent.
Since 1982, Mr. Rouse has been owner operator of Video Editing Services and the Media Collaboratory in Lexington, Kentucky. VES has evolved to become a full service media design and production company serving in international clientele. The facility is a workshop for independent producers as well as corporate clients and has afforded Mr. Rouse the opportunity to produce, direct, DP and edit numerous programs for broadcast, festival and theatrical release. His work screened in festivals in Telluride, Austin, New York, Paris, Bergamo and most recently in Auckland, New Zealand.
Interest in the next-generation of ideas and filmmakers and a desire to support and promote Kentucky's wealth of storytellers has led Mr. Rouse to become a founding director of the Kentucky Film Lab, where he will continue his work in education.