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Derrick Savage
Derrick Savage
Adjunct Professor


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Derrick L. Savage is an educator, film journalist/writer/producer/director and graduate of Howard University School of Communications in Washington, DC.  Derrick is also a graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. 

During the last 16 years he has written, produced, and directed many short films and has participated in many film and television productions around the world.  He has worked in network television as a writer and associate producer.  He has taught film to filmmakers in Nigeria, and has written, produced, and directed documentaries and music videos for Grammy award winning and Grammy award nominated musicians.  He has traveled to and worked with filmmakers throughout the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and Australia. 

Derrick L. Savage is currently instructing students majoring in Cinematography and in Broadcasting at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School; one of Philadelphia’s most prominent performing art high schools.  

In partnership with Temple University and the Philadelphia School District Derrick Savage is in the process of constructing a summer film production program for inner city high school students scheduled to launch summer of 2017. 

In January 2013, Derrick L. Savage co-authored The School District of Philadelphia’s Career and Technical Education Cinematography Competency Task List; the mandatory teaching guide for Career And Technical Education teachers, recommending the best teaching strategies, to meet the academic standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Mr. Savage participated in a panel discussion at the NAB/BEA conference in Las Vegas, 2014, titled, “Educated Uncertainty: Four Perspectives on Teaching the Physics and Romance of TV Technology to Non-Technical Learners and also on a panel at the College Media Association Fall 2014 meeting in Philadelphia with a presentation titled, “ Understanding TV Technology for Non-Technical; Students.”

He holds a BA from Howard University and an MFA from the American Film Institute.