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Mathias Reed, assistant director of media production, joined the Office of Communications in January 2017. Reed produces short-form video on a variety of subjects, from the Allen Memorial Art Museum to Oberlin Opera Theater. He’s also the office’s in-house authority on all things Maine.
Get to know more about Reed in this Q&A.
Describe your role in 6 words.
Filmmaker with a bit of luck.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the coast in central Maine, off of Penobscot Bay. I love salt water, sailing, (fresh) seafood, camping, kayaking, and generally all things Maine. I grew up on a college campus in a small town called Castine, so Oberlin reminds me a bit of home.
What did you want to be when you were 8-years old?
I was destined to be a hobbit. I remember running around the woods with a sword and cloak, as well as a healthy supply of homemade lembas bread. My siblings and I would spend hours getting lost and then finding our way back home again at dusk. And yes, we were barefoot half the time.
Favorite place on earth?
I love being on or near the ocean. I like the salty air, the crisp breezes, and the rolling waves. To be more specific, I'd say someplace along the New England coast where foghorns can be heard at night. There is nothing more restful than the sound of a foghorn in the distance or a bell buoy rolling back and forth.
Last book you read?
I just read All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot and loved it. I found his struggles as a rural veterinarian amusing and heartfelt. The stories are great travels to another time and place.
Favorite item of clothing?
Sweaters! Maybe it's a Maine thing, but I truly can't wait for the weather to get chilly enough wear a sweater or two. I like being warm in a chilly place, whether indoors or out.