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Grammy-Winning Alum Produced USD Football Video

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Timothy Lynch, a four-year football player for the University of San Diego from 1991-94 and 1995 graduate, has gone on to do great things in the field of filmmaking. At the 55th annual Grammy Awards this past April, he was a video producer for the “Big Easy Express,” which features Mumford & Sons, and won a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video.

Despite his national success, he has not forgotten his USD ties. During the 2012 season, Lynch volunteered his time and resources to produce a USD football promotional film that captured the essence of college football Torero-style.

“I really enjoyed re-connecting with the football program,” Lynch said. “I have so many fond memories of the university and my time on that field. I wanted to give back to USD so I set out to create a visual piece that captured the spirit and emotion of San Diego football and what it meant to me. There are shots in the film that I remember vividly from my time as a Torero — glimpses of the Immaculata, walking down the path onto the field, and looking up at the architecture of the stadium. It was a ton of fun being around the team throughout the day and into the game. They crushed Dayton that night and the energy was awesome.”

Surely Lynch and other USD football fans and supporters will be looking to visualize a successful 2013 season for the program, which opens Aug. 31 on the road against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The Toreros’ home opener is Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. against Western New Mexico University.

As co-founder and executive producer of Farm League & Woodshed Films, Tim was recognized at the 2012 USD Alumni Honors event with an Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. Lynch has traveled across the globe to create award-winning film projects that both capture high-spirited adventure and inspire environmental stewardship. Also an esteemed video producer, Lynch has helmed a number of groundbreaking music videos — including the winner of the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards’ Video of the Year, Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

After earning his communications degree with a minor in environmental studies from USD, Lynch moved to Los Angeles to pursue his filmmaking career. Veering away from conventional production companies, Lynch took part in a series of independent projects that allowed him to develop and diversify his craft. Lynch joined forces with visionary filmmakers the Malloys and Thomas Campbell to form Woodshed Films in 2003.

Born from its founders’ collective love of surfing and the ocean, Woodshed Films specializes in documentaries that recount unique and exhilarating experiences of surf adventures — all while subtly illuminating the need to protect oceans and wild spaces around the world.

Lynch also waded into the world of music. In addition to his work with Green Day, which nabbed a Grammy nomination for with Lynch-produced “American Idiot” video, he’s served as producer on videos for acts such as Black Eyed Peas, Weezer, My Chemical Romance, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson.

An accomplished commercial producer as well, Lynch partnered with ad-agency producer Tieneke Pavesic in 2011 to launch Farm League, a company that creates trailblazing commercials and branded content for the likes of Ford, Nike, Patagonia and New Era.

His Grammy-winning film, “Big Easy Express,” is a music documentary about 2011’s “Railroad Revival Tour” which chronicles three bands as they travel by train from San Francisco to New Orleans playing shows. The film reminds us that the landscape, the experience and the journey are often found between destinations.

A father of two, Lynch married his college sweetheart and former Torero volleyball player Jennifer Lofftus (pictured, left) and now resides in Santa Monica.

— USD Athletics

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