Adjunct Film Faculty | Spring 2015

Adjunct Assistant Professor, '06 - A former lawyer in Romania, Bogdan George Apetri moved to New York where he graduated from Columbia University's Film Program with a MFA degree in Film Directing. He wrote and directed a series of student films that screened and won awards at prominent short film festivals across the world (ClermontFerrand, Rotterdam, Palm Springs, Cottbus, Montreal, Aarhus, Rhode Island, Woodstock etc).
Adjunct Faculty - Mick Audsley has been editing feature films since the late seventies and has more than 40 credits to to his name. He has worked with leading directors including Stephen Frears, Mike Newell, Neil Jordan and Terry Gilliam. He is currently finishing work on the Working Titile/Universal Studios production Everest for director Balthasar Kormakur.
Bradford Barnes
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Brad’s feature film The Locksmith (a.k.a. "Homewrecker"), won the first ever Best of NEXT Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to The Locksmith, Brad and his brother Todd have written, produced and directed two Sundance shorts: We Todd Did and Choked, as well as a short for the Showtime Network starring Christopher Walken. Their most recent work includes East Nashville Tonight and the upcoming Sex Guaranteed.
Joe Cacaci
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Joe Cacaci co-created the CBS prime time series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, starring Sharon Gless and has been the Executive Producer of two prime time series, SHOWTIME ‘s The Hoop Life, starring Dan Lauria, Mykelti Williamson and Gregory Hines and CBS’s
Loren-Paul Caplin
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Loren-Paul Caplin is a screenwriter, director, playwright.
Jeff Cox
Adjunct Faculty - Jeff Cox, Film: Adult Beginners (TWC- Radius ), Blades of Glory (Paramount). Jeff also has TV projects in development with NBC Universal and FX. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts - Dramatic Writing Program.
Adjunct Faculty - Richard Guay is the vice president of East Coast Marketing & Sales for Entertainment Partners. He has worked in the film industry for 25 years as a producer, writer, studio executive, assistant director, production manager, post-production supervisor and accountant. His first producing project, True Love, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
Michael Hausman
Adjunct Faculty - Michael Hausman has made his career in film production for nearly four decades. The native New Yorker has had a long collaboration with Academy Award­winning director Milos Forman. The duo began their creative association with the director’s Taking Off, for which Mr. Hausman was both production manager and associate manager. They worked together again on Hair (for which Mr. Hausman was first assistant director), Ragtime (which Mr.
Adjunct Faculty - Israel Horovitz's plays have been translated and performed worldwide.     His more than 70 plays include Line (now in its 36th year off-Broadway), The Indian Wants The Bronx, Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays, The Widow's Blind Date, Today I Am A Fountain Pen, Park Your Car In Harvard Yard, North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverl
Special Lecturer - Milena Jelinek attended Cornell from 1969-1971 and studied at the Film and Television Academy (FAMU) in Prague in 1959. She was the screenwriter and director of Collusion in 1972, financed by a grant from the American Film Institute. She was the screenwriter of Easy Life, 1957. Her awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, 1991-92, a CAPS grant for screenwriting, and directing awards at the Cornell Film Festival, Monterey Film Festival, and Baltimore Film Festival.
Christina Kallas
Adjunct Professor - Christina Kallas is a writer-producer for film and television, book author, professor of film and the president of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE).
Nelson Kim
Adjunct Professor - Nelson Kim received his MFA from Columbia’s Film Program in 2007. His short films have screened at Urbanworld Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Palm Springs Shortfest, Asia Society, CAAMFest, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. His first feature film, Someone Else, a surreal drama about the clash of wills between two Korean American cousins, stars Aaron Yoo and Leonardo Nam.
Alan Kingsberg
Adjunct Professor - Alan Kingsberg is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he won the Chester Kestler award for outstanding achievement at the Wharton Business School. He received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where his film Minors won an Academy Award as the top student film in the US. His work in television includes writing the ACE Award winning documentary Buy Me That for HBO, and writing and producing the BAFTA nominated animated series Cubix for FOX.
Adjunct Faculty - Jason Kliot is the producer of over 40 feature films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Brian De Palma,  Steven Soderbergh, Miguel Arteta, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, Alex Gibney and Todd Solondz. Throughout his career he has produced innovative works by first-time filmmakers while championing the distinctive visions of established directors.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Christina Lazaridi holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing (Honors) from Princeton University and an MFA in Screenwriting (Honors) from Columbia University School of the Arts. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her work on the WWII short drama One Day Crossing. Her latest feature film is Coming Up Roses, starring Bernadette Peters and Peter Friedman, directed by Lisa Albright.
Adjunct Faculty - John Lyons is a New Yorker and a film editor in no particular order, having lived worked in the city for over 20 years. John’s most recent project is Ithaca, directed by and starring Meg Ryan with Sam Shepherd and Tom Hanks. Prior to Ithaca, John worked for another first-time director and actor, Paul Bettany, on his feature film, Shelter, starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie.
Jodie Markell
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Jodie Markell attended Northwestern University where she was mentored by writer/director Frank Galati (Ragtime, The Grapes of Wrath) in the field of adaptation of literature to the stage and screen. After moving to New York, Markell studied as an actress at Circle-in-the-Square Professional Theater School. She helped rediscover the Tennessee Williams' play Confessional and starred in the New York premiere.
Adjunct Faculty - Gretchen is currently producing a slate of 4-5 narrative and documentary films each year as Head of Production for Goldcrest Fims Internatioanal.
Carly Mensch
Adjunct Faculty - Carly is a television writer and playwright. She has written on Showtime's Weeds and Nurse Jackie. Her plays have been produced around the country, including Ars Nova in New York and Steppenwolf in Chicago. Her play Now Circa Then was voted by the NY Press "Best of Manhattan 2010." BA: Dartmouth. MFA-ish: Juilliard.
Afia Nathaniel
Adjunct Faculty, '06 - Award-winning filmmaker Afia Nathaniel loves pushing the boundaries of narrative film. Her debut feature film Dukhtar – a road-trip thriller – had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Dukhtar is the Official Selection from Pakistan for the Academy Awards next year.
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