Multidisciplinary Artist

Marlon F.


Marlon F. Hall is an international lecturing anthropologist, filmmaker, and deep listener. He was recently named a Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning, is the 2019-2020 Houston Museum of African American Culture Fellow, a City of Houston Commissioned Anthropologist, and an Artist in Residence for Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Marlon engages the choreography of visual anthropology, art-installations, and salon dinner parties to whimsically unearth community beauty from social brokenness. Moved by the history and heartbeat of the people who make up those communities, he delicately dances as a participant observer with reverence and joy. Although his work has taken him from Moscow to Nairobi, his practice has been rooted in the fruitful genius of “Third Ward, Texas” where he leads his own anthropological practice and directs the non-profit visual anthropological film company, Folklore Films. As an ethnographer, he engages the practice of deep listening to put a finger on the pulse of community pain and possibility. Moved by that pulse, he designs multi-sensory experiences that equips communities to become inner archeologists who lovingly unearth past greatness to imagine future hope. Former Sourcing Innovation Lecturing Fellow for Duke Leadership Education, Marlon has a 20 year proven track record of cross-pollinating visual-anthropology and social sculpture to grow creative learning ecologies, lead community art projects, and architect entrepreneur incubators that are all framed in his anthro-film making. His life intention is to cultivate human potential in ways that are whimsically beautiful and positively willful.