Raber Umphenour is a filmmaker, director, and community leader focused on building cultural districts and developing affordable artist work-live housing. Raber co-founded Midway Artist Collective, a community based non-profit, which secured $20 million in financing to purchase a quarter million sq. ft. work-live building outright after its developer threatened market sale. Secured in only two weeks, this 89 studio building, is now affordable for artists in perpetuity. Midway is a unique rental property, providing emerging artists an affordable place to stay and work in Boston and encouraging artists to make Boston a destination and home, supporting the free flow of ideas between disciplines and generations.
He has lectured at Harvard University, Common Field, MakeCity Festival in Berlin. His work has been screened at USITT, UCSD, Wake Forest, BU, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Wellesley College amongst others.