Adjunct Film Faculty | Fall 2014

Loren-Paul Caplin
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Loren-Paul Caplin is a screenwriter, director, playwright. Feature Film: The Lucky Ones (Writer/Director), Tribeca Film Festival (2003); History of the World in 8 Minutes (Writer/Director), New Directors/New Films Festival, MOMA, NYC (1998); Lost Angels (Original Story), Orion Pictures; Battle in the Erogenous Zone, (Co-Wrote and Co-Produced) Showtime; The Forbidden Zone (Music Producer), Samuel Goldwyn; Also written film scripts for: Paramount, Columbia, TriStar and numerous independents.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Anne Carey is currently president of production at Archer Gray, an independent production company based in New York City. In her career as an independent producer, Carey has worked with filmmakers such as Ang Lee, Anton Corbijn, Bill Condon, Todd Field, Greg Mottola, Tamara Jenkins, Alan Ball, Mike Mill, Nicole Holofcener, Pablo Larrain and Lynn Shelton, among others.   
Guy Gallo
Adjunct Professor - Guy Gallo was born and raised in New Orleans. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in History and Literature and an M.F.A from The Yale School of Drama in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism. His first play, Failing (1977), won the Phyllis Anderson Prize for Playwriting and was produced by the Loeb Theatre Center. A one-act, Rain in Lent (1979), was given productions by Hunter College and The Double Image Theater. A non-musical stage adaptation of J. M.
Adjunct Associate Professor - Jérôme Game is an award-winning teacher of Film Studies and Philosophy currently on the faculty of the American University of Paris. He has taught at Cambridge and London Universitiesand received research grants from the Mellon Foundation, Cambridge University, the American University of Paris, Université Paris 8, Institut Français, Centre National du Livre, the British Council amongst others.
Caryn James
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Caryn James is a film and culture critic, and a novelist. She writes frequently for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Book Review, the Daily Beast and other publications, and appears on NY1 television's Talking Pictures movie review show. She also writes the "James on Screens" ( film and television blog for Indiewire.
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).
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. He is currently completing post-production on his first feature film, Someone Else, a surreal drama about the clash of wills between two Korean American cousins, starring Aaron Yoo and Leonardo Nam.
Adjunct Faculty - 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 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.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Jack Lechner’s credits as executive producer include the Oscar-winning documentary The Fog Of War; the Oscar-nominated film Blue Valentine; the Emmy-nominated Left Of The Dial for HBO; Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys for Sundance; the PBS documentaries The New Public and Playwright: From Page to Stage; and the pilot of the Emmy-winning AMC series Mad Men.
Jessica Levin
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Jessica Levin co-produced the HBO drama series True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, directed by Cary Fukunaga. She co-produced the HBO drama series Treme from creator David Simon, and associate produced Todd Haynes' Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet.
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.
Stephen Molton
Adjunct Associate Professor - Stephen Molton is an award-winning author, screenwriter and filmmaker who has written mini-series and movies for such studios as Showtime Networks, New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures and Viacom Networks. A former HBO and Showtime executive, Molton oversaw the development and production of many television films. He created a documentary production unit between New York Times Television and Showtime and has produced two documentary feature films of his own. Harper Collins published his first novel, Brave Talk in 1987.
Marilyn Ness
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. Ness is currently producing Kirsten Johnson’s film A Blind Eye. Most recently Ness produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's feature documentary E-TEAM which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. Ness also produced Johanna Hamilton's feature documentary 1971 which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2014.
John Gould Rubin
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Jon Shear
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Jon directed, co-wrote, and produced Urbania, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. The Lionsgate release won nine other film festivals; was named Best Film of the Year by Movieline, BoxOffice Magazine, and Baltimore City Paper; and was listed as One of the Year's Ten Best in every major LA paper, Time Out NY, the SF Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and 30 other publications.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Julia Solomonoff is an Argentine filmmaker. Her most recent feature film, El Ultimo Verano de la Boyita (The Last Summer of La Boyita) played at the Latin American Film Festival. The first feature that she wrote and directed, Hermanas (Sisters), opened at the Toronto Film Festival. She also has written and directed five short films, Octavo 51, A Day with Angela, Siesta, Scratch and Ahora—which have earned her prestigious awards from the DGA and FIPRESCI.
Adjunct Faculty - Brendan Ward received a B.A. from Hunter College, an M.A. from Cornell, and an M.F.A. in screenwriting and playwriting from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He was a Mommsen Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford and a Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster. He has taught at Yale College and Yale School of Drama, New York University, the Film Academy in Hanoi, the Escuela Internacional de Cine in Havana, Cuba, and the Dramatiska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Claudia Weill is a film, television, and theatre director. After graduating from Harvard in 1969, she made 30 short films for Sesame Street (still on the air) and directed documentaries, notably The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir, with Shirley MacLaine, 1975 (Academy Award Nomination) and This Is the Home of Mrs. Levant Graham (Kennedy Journalism Award). She produced and directed her first feature, Girlfriends, in 1979 (with Melanie Mayron, Chris Guest, Bob Balaban and Eli Wallach), which she sold to Warner Bros.
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