• July 2014

From "Star Wars" to Verizon: Videographer Dax Coley

Dax Coley’s love of film began when his mom took him to see “Star Wars” when he was a kid.

“From that time on, I had a camera in my hand — starting with a SVHS, with a gradual progression to a High 8mm and now HD,” shares the native Washingtonian, noting that his first film was of his junior high friends. “I shot pictures of my classmates, and edited them into a short movie with a soundtrack. The teacher who owned the video and graphic equipment liked my intuitive grasp of the process, and let me help him out and learn about film-making and graphics.”

By 1999, he was the assistant editor at The Newseum, and since 2011 he has been on the video team at Verizon Digital Media Services. In his spare time, Coley has created trailers and films for a variety of art and music productions, including:

  • Loud Records, LLC Mobb Deep: Burn
  • “Sleeping Dogs Lie,” by director Bobcat Goldwaith
  • “A Woman by the Water,” by director Seth Carmichael
  • “Hollywood Gamble,” a short film by director David Silverman
  • “Manifest Hope,” a short-form documentary winner at the 2010 New York International Independent Film Festival

Since 2013, Coley has been the video editor and a producer at InkandescentTV.

Scroll down for some of Coley’s Inkandescent videos. And click here to see more.


Truly Amazing Woman Sonya Gavankar: Miss District of Columbia 1997, reporter, and the Face of the Newseum. Click here to watch the video.


Truly Amazing Woman Reta Jo Lewis: Candidate for Mayor of DC, 2014. Click here to watch the video.


Events Make News at the Newseum: Standing between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue and featuring dramatic vistas of Washington, the Newseum is a sought-after venue for conferences and special events. The essential features of the Knight Conference Center—size, technology, flexibility, furnishings, catering, and support systems—combine to create an environment that makes any meeting, press conference, or reception a success. But it is the views of the US Capitol, National Gallery of Art, and the National Mall that make each event unforgettable. With an atmosphere that is firmly tied to the history, power, and grandeur of Washington, the Newseum is destined to become a top choice for organizations that want to create memorable and unparalleled events in the nation’s capital. Click here to watch the video.


Meet Tim Russert: “Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If It’s Sunday, It’s ‘Meet the Press’” recreates Russert’s NBC Washington office much as it looked when he died of a heart attack in June 2008 while preparing for his next show. The office, located on the Newseum’s fourth level, offers a unique window into the world of a newsman at the top of his game. Click here to watch the video.


Images of Haiti: Click here to watch the video.