Full-Time Film Faculty

Ramin Bahrani
Assistant Professor - Writer/director Ramin Bahrani’s films have screened at the Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. Bahrani has won numerous awards including the FIPRESCI critic’s prize for best film in Venice (Goodbye Solo, 2009) and a Guggenheim Fellowship among many others. He has been the subject of retrospectives in venues such as the MoMA in NYC.
Nico Baumbach
Assistant Professor - Nico Baumbach holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. His research and teaching focus on critical theory, film theory, documentary, and the intersection of aesthetic and political philosophy. He is currently working on two books: a study of cinema and politics in the work of contemporary Continental philosophers Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj Zizek; and a monograph titled The Anonymous Image.
Associate Professor - Andy Bienen received a BA from New York University, an MA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. He cowrote Boys Don't Cry with Kimberly Peirce ('96SOA), director of the film.
Hilary Brougher
Assistant Professor - Hilary Brougher is a writer and director living and working in N.Y.C. She wrote and directed her first feature, The Sticky Fingers of Time in 1996, produced by Isen Robbins, Susan Stover and Good Machine. The film was an official selection at the Venice, Rotterdam, and Toronto International Film Festivals, and was released theatrically in the U.S. in 1997.  Hilary wrote and directed her second feature, Stephanie Daley in 2006.
Ira Deutchman
Professor and Chair - Ira Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films since 1975, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He was one of the founders of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features—two companies that were created from scratch and in their respective times, helped define the independent film business.  
Katherine Dieckmann
Associate Professor - Writer-director Katherine Dieckmann’s next feature film will be Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter. Known for her lyrical, character-driven work, her previous feature films include A Good Baby (2000), which was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting and Directing labs, Diggers (2006) andMotherhood (2009).
Trey Ellis
Associate Professor - Associate Professor Trey Ellis is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, an American Book Award Winning novelist, and playwright. He has written screenplays for, among others, Columbia Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, HBO and Showtime. Along with the Emmy nomination, his HBO film, The Tuskegee Airmen, also went on to win a Peabody Award and several NAACP Image Awards.
Jane Gaines
Professor - Jane Gaines is the award-winning author of two books: Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice and the Law and Fire and Desire: Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era, both of which received the Katherine Singer Kovacs prize from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Bette Gordon
Professor - Bette Gordon premiered her new feature Handsome Harry at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in the world narrative competition section. The film stars an ensemble cast including Campbell Scott, Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, John Savage, and Karen Young. A pioneer in the American Independent Film world, Gordon is best known for her bold explorations of themes related to sexuality.
Annette Insdorf
Professor - Annette Insdorf is an internationally renowned educator, and author of Francois Truffaut, Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust, Philip Kaufman and Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski. Each of her books has become the definitive text on its subject, and the measure for other studies that follow.
Jamal Joseph
Professor of Professional Practice - Jamal Joseph has written and directed for Black Starz, HBO, Fox TV, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., and A&E. His produced screenplays include Ali: An American Hero (Fox), New York Undercover (Fox), Knights of the South Bronx (A&E), and The Many Trials of Tammy B. (Nickelodeon). He wrote and directed Drive By: A Love Story, Da Zone, and the docudrama Hughes Dreams Harlem for  Starz.
Tom Kalin
Professor - From short experimental videos to feature-length narrative films, Tom Kalin’s award winning, critically acclaimed work has been screened throughout the world. His films and videos are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou and MoMA. His first feature, Swoon, was awarded the Caligari Prize at Berlin, the Fipresci Prize in Stockholm, Best Cinematography at Sundance and the Open Palm at the IFP Gotham Awards.
Rob King
Associate Professor - Rob King is a film historian with interests in American cinema, popular culture, and social history. Much of his work has been on comedy. His award-winning book, The Fun Factory: The Keystone Film Company and the Emergence of Mass Culture (University of California Press, 2009), examined the role Keystone’s filmmakers played in developing new styles of slapstick comedy for moviegoers of the 1910s.
David Klass
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice - David Klass is a screenwriter and novelist. His most recent movie was Emperor (2012) starring Tommy Lee Jones as Douglas MacArthur in postwar Japan. David has written feature scripts for all the different studios, including: Kiss the Girls starring Morgan Freeman, Desperate Measures starring Michael Keaton, Walking Tall starring The Rock, and In the Time of the Butterflies starring Salma Hayak.
Dan Kleinman
Associate Professor - A.B., Princeton, 1965. M.F.A., New York, 1968. Columbia faculty since 1996. 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.
Eric Mendelsohn
Associate Professor - Eric Mendelsohn's feature film debut, Judy Berlin, starring The Sopranos' Edie Falco, as well as Madeline Kahn, Barbara Barrie and Julie Kavner, was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), won Best Director at Sundance, Best Independent Film at the Hamptons Film Festival and was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
Evangeline Morphos
Associate Professor - As a producer, she has worked in theatre, film, and television and is a pioneer in narrative web content. She is the co-founder of eguiders.com, a web site that makes daily recommendations of the best online videos. Morphos was a producer of The Bedford Diaries, a series on the WB network.
Richard Peña
Professor of Professional Practice - Richard Peña has been at Columbia since 1989, becoming full time in 1996 and being named Professor of Professional Practice in 2003; from 2006 - 2009 was a Visiting Professor in Spanish at Princeton University. Mr. Peña has also served as the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 to 2012.
Nicholas Proferes
Professor of Professional Practice - Nicholas Proferes was the director/cameraman and editor of Free at Last, a 90-minute documentary on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which was awarded best documentary at the Venice Film Festival in 1969; director of photography and editor of Wanda, a feature film directed by Barbara Loden, awarded best picture at the Venice Film Festival in 1971; and co-producer, director of photography, and editor of The Visitors, a feature film directed by Elia Kazan.
Associate Professor - Frank Pugliese is a graduate of Cornell University where he won the Forbes Herman award for playwriting and was artistic director of the Whistling Shrimp Theatre Co.
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