Full-time Film Faculty

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Film

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. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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 '96, director of the film. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Writer-director Katherine Dieckmann’s most recent feature film, Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter, Carrie Coon and Kim Coates, opens theatrically in July 2017 and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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. full profile 

Professor, Film

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. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

A pioneer in American Independent Cinema, Bette Gordon is known for her bold explorations of themes related to sexuality, violence and power. Her films have been screened theatrically in the US and abroad, as well as in all the major film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Sundance. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice , Film

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). full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice , Film

Tom Kalin’s critically acclaimed work traverses diverse forms and genres including narrative features, mixed media installations and short experimental films. full profile 

Associate Professor, Film

Rob King is a film historian with interests in American genre cinema, popular culture, and social history. Much of his work has been on comedy. full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Film

David Klass is a screenwriter and novelist. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Jack Lechner is currently supervising producer on an untitled feature documentary directed by Bennett Miller. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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 full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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. full profile 

Chair, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Maureen A. Ryan is a producer based in New York concentrating on narrative and documentary feature films. She is co-producer of James Marsh’s Man on Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit, the wirewalker who stunned the world when he walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain), director (Indignation), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Moonrise Kingdom, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of full profile 

Senior Lecturer, Film

Sex Guaranteed by writer/director Brad Barnes, Romance & Cigarettes and Illuminata by writer/director John Turturro, and Luminous Motion, Handsome Harry, and Border Crossing directed by Bette Gordon are among June Stein’s most recent film appearances. full profile 

Adjunct Film Faculty: Spring 2017

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Vito Adriaensens is a visiting scholar and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University's School of the Arts Film Department in New York, supported by a [PEGASUS]2 Marie Sktodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Project and the Research Foundation Flanders full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Judy has been casting in New York City since 1993. Features: Hurricane, Bianca, Lost Cat Corona, Gold Star, Pervertigo (by Columbia grad Jaron Henrie-McCrea) & Copenhagen (by Columbia grads Mark Raso & Mauro Mueller).  Shorts: Eggs & Soldiers (by Columbia grad Imelda full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Loren-Paul Caplin is a screenwriter, director, playwright. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Richard Dresser's plays have appeared off-Broadway in New York, regional theater, and Europe. They include the widely produced ROUNDING THIRD, which was recently made into a film starring John C. full profile 

Visiting Professor, Film

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, and since 2013 teaches part-time at Columbia University. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

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Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jonathan Gray is a practicing attorney concentrating in independent film for over 20 years and is the founding partner of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP (“GKSSD”). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

John Hadity is the Executive Vice President for EP Financial Solutions, the film financing subsidiary of Entertainment Partners, the global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals, extras casting, tax incentives, finance and other integrated production management solutions.  Hadity specializ full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Film

J. Hoberman is a film critic, 33 years at The Village Voice, and the author, co-author, or editor of 13 books. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Courtney Hunt’s latest feature, The Whole Truth, a courtroom thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger was released in 2016. Her first feature film, Frozen River, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in August of 2008. full profile 

Special Lecturer, Film

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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

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 The E full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jessie Keyt is a writer and consultant for independent filmmakers and production companies in the US and UK. Clients have included Alicia Keys, Working Title, The Shooting Gallery, and Bard Entertainment. full profile 

Special Lecturer, Film

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). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Carol Littleton, A.C.E. is one of Hollywood’s most talented and successful film editors. Her editing career spans 35 years, with more than 35 feature films to her credit. Ms. Littleton began a close collaboration with writer-director Lawrence Kasdan in 1981 with his directorial debut, Body Heat. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Gretchen is currently producing a slate of 4-5 narrative and documentary films each year as Head of Production for Goldcrest Fims Internatioanal. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

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.    full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Ian Olds was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work as a director of both documentary and narrative films. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Michele Palermo is a published and award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Michele has created myriad television pilots and has worked with industry luminaries David E. Kelley and Peter Horton. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Richard Perello has been serving as an executive in the entertainment industry and has been producing studio and independent feature films and projects for network and premium television for over 25 years.  He is currently Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Production for A full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

John Gould Rubin is a founding member of The Private Theatre for which he currently serves as Artistic Director and with which he will direct two shows next season: A new translation of A Doll House translated by Royston Coppenger and Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna and Alex, a piece full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

José Angel Santana, Ph.D., is an educator, a Bravo Network "Arts for Change” award-winning director, accomplished actor, and innovator in the field of interpersonal communication. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Shrihari Sathe is an independent producer and director. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

David Schwab, a screenwriter based in New York City, received an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts. His thesis script, Mr. Verner’s Pygmy, was purchased by Scott Rudin. Since then Mr. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Malia Scotch Marmo is a screenwriter who has written a number of hit films, including Stephen Spielberg’s Hook, on which she shares writing credits with James V. Hart. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Shira-Lee Shalit is an award-winning director, chosen by Steven Spielberg as one of 18 Finalists out of 12,000 directors for his Fox/DreamWorks TV show, "On The Lot.” Associate Artistic Director of the Barefoot Theatre Company, she is a member of the Directors Unit at the Actors Studio, led by Acade full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jon directed, co-wrote, and produced Urbania, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Shari Springer Berman is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated director and writer. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Alex Steyermark's feature films, Prey for Rock & Roll, One Last Thing…, Losers Take All and documentary The 78 Project Movie have been acclaimed at numerous US and International film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, SXSW and BFI London, and are distributed throughout the world. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Mayuran Tiruchelvam is a producer and screenwriter of narrative and documentary stories for film and television. He is a Sundance Institute Producing Fellow and Film Independent Fellow.   full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Film

Edward Baron Turk is the John E. Burchard Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he taught film, theater, and comparative media studies from 1978 through 2012. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

A top award winning graduate of New York University’s Film School, Walsh premiered his first movie, “Ed’s Next Move,” to critical praise at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.  This ultra low budget directing debut, which Sight & Sound Magazine called it “...a perfectly formed romantic co full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Film

Brendan N. Ward received a BA from Hunter College, an MA from Cornell, and an MFA in screenwriting and playwriting from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jamund Washington is a New York City-based Independent film producer with work on both narrative and documentary stories. He produced Adam Leon's Gimme The Loot, the story of two determined Bronx teens who need $500 to pull off their latest and greatest graffiti scheme. full profile