Faculty

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Chuck Allen

Chuck Allen

Chuck has more than 40 years of professional experience in sound, mixing, engineering and recording for musicians like Sting, Meatloaf, Kansas and Todd Rundgren.

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Harold Apter

Harold Apter began working on Broadway at the age of 18 as an assistant to Producer/Director Harold Prince. His career as a writer began on the daytime drama "Ryan's Hope" for which he shares an Emmy with the 1982-1983 writing team.

Valliere Richard Auzenne

Dr. Valliere Richard Auzenne

Dr. Richard's doctorate in Communication is from the Florida State University. The focus of her teaching is screenwriting, film history, professional development, and documentary filmmaking.

Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott is a critically acclaimed, bestselling novelist, as well as screenwriter, essayist, and poet; she is the author of twenty books that appear under her own name as well as the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode.

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Reb Braddock

Reb Braddock is a writer and director of feature motion pictures who serves as the Dean for the College of Motion Picture Arts.

Bill Carruth

Bill Carruth

William (Bill) C. Carruth is a third generation film editor with over 40 years experience in the motion picture industry.

April Caskie Simmons

April is an experimental filmmaker who teaches classes in motion picture editing as a Visiting Assistant in Film focusing on project organization, aesthetics, and techniques of narrative editing.

Tony Ciarlariello

Tony Ciarlariello

Tony is currently serving as Assistant Dean while teaching classes in producing and managing the College of Motion Picture Arts' day-to-day supervision and coordination of student pre-production, production, and post-production. 

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen is an independent motion picture executive, who has created a number of successful distribution and production companies including Analysis Films, Masada Production, Moonbeam Productions, and Aries Films.

Leslie France

Leslie France

A professional actor and a highly regarded acting teacher, France has worked in motion picture, television, and theater for more than fifteen years.

George Geiger

George Geiger

George Geiger has been a professional writer for more than 30 years in the entertainment industry as creator, executive producer, and show-runner of prime time television.

Geoffrey Gilmore

Geoffrey Gilmore is the Creative Director of Tribeca Enterprises, a New York company that includes the Tribeca Film Festival, the Tribeca Cinemas and the Tribeca Film Festival Doha.

Ron Honn

Ron Honn

Ron Honn is an animator and visual effects artist with over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry.

Jed Kaleko

Jed Kaleko

Jed Kaleko is a veteran of more than 13 years of stage design and set construction.

Jason Maurer

Jason Maurer

Jason Maurer has been working in the field of animation for the past nineteen years as a designer, animator, director, educator, and independent filmmaker.

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Antonio Méndez Esparza

Antonio Méndez Esparza is a director and screenwriter, whose latest film Aquí y Allá premiered at Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, where it was awarded the Grand Prix. Antonio teaches directing classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Vickly Meyer

Victoria Meyer

Vicky Meyer is a screenwriter and highly regarded script consultant who teaches screenwriting. She has provided story and screenwriting consultation on a non-disclosure basis with some of Hollywood's most prominent directors.

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Tom Mikota

Tom Mikota is a Visual Effects Industry veteran who has worked on VFX for multiple Academy Award winning films.

Victor Nunez

Victor Nunez

Victor Nunez is an esteemed independent filmmaker who creates high-quality, memorable portraits of life about characters who struggle with personal adversity. Nunez is best known for writing and directing Ulee's Gold.

Frank Patterson, Dean

Frank Patterson

Frank Patterson is a filmmaker, educator and consultant, who has produced, written and directed feature films, commercials and a variety of video content for more than 25 years.

Richard Portman

Richard Portman

Professor Emeritus Richard Portman has served as sound mixer on more than 200 feature films. He has eleven Academy Award nominations for sound work and won an Academy Award for Best Sound for the film The Deer Hunter.

Ken Robkin

Ken Robkin

Ken Robkin joins the Animation and Digital Arts program from the animation industry.

Valerie Scoon

Valerie Scoon

Valerie Scoon is a producer and creative executive with extensive industry experience who most recently served as the Director of Development for Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films.

Keith Slade

Keith Slade

Keith teaches classes in Camera and Light Mechanics as an Associate in Film and runs workshops in equipment use in order to teach the safe and proper operation of all film production related equipment.

Erika Stone

Erika Stone

Erika teaches acting in the College of Motion Picture Arts with a focus on helping directors communicate effectively with actors.

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone

As a faculty member, Jonathan Stone is the Head of Digital Production for the college.

Dr. Andrew Syder

Dr. Andrew Syder is the Associate Dean for the College of Motion Picture Arts.

Dr. Lisa Tripp

Dr. Lisa Tripp

Dr. Lisa Tripp is a scholar-practitioner of digital media and new cultures of learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego.

Chuck Williams

Chuck Williams is a 24-year veteran of the animation industry, with more than 20 of those years at Walt Disney Feature Animation.