Adjunct Film Faculty | Fall 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).
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.
Adjunct Faculty - Barbara DeFina has been a producer in the film industry since 1986. Her first project was The Color of Money for director Martin Scorsese. She went on to produce such films as The Last Temptation of Christ, Cape Fear, The Age
Visiting Professor - Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam. From 2006 to 2012 he was Visiting Professor at Yale University. Besides publishing over 200 essays in journals and collections, he has authored, edited and co-edited some twenty volumes on film history, film theory, German and European cinema, Hollywood, Media Archaeology, New Media and Installation Art.
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.
Caryn James
Adjunct Assistant Professor -  Caryn James is a film, television and culture critic, and a novelist.
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).
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.
Dan Kleinman
Associate Professor -   Full-time faculty at Columbia, 1996-2015. Former chair of the Film Program (2000-2005) and acting dean of the School of the Arts (1998-99; 2005-7). Dan Kleinman’s original screenplays include Welcome to Oblivion (Concorde Films), directed by Lucho Llosa, and Rage (Warner Brothers), directed by and starring George C. Scott, for which Kleinman was also associate producer.
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 Faculty -  Susan Korda is a filmmaker who began her career as an editor on the Oscar-nominated documentary and Sundance-crowned For All Mankind. She edited Sandi Du Bowski’s Trembling Before G-d where she is also credited as creative col
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.
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.
Stephen Molton
Adjunct Associate Professor - Stephen Molton is an award-winning author, a screenwriter, producer, professor, artist, and former television executive who has served as an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Columbia University’s School of the Arts since 2008. 
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.
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.
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