Full-time Film Faculty

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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. full profile 

Assistant Professor, Film

Rania Attieh is a winner of 2015 Independent Spirit Award “Someone to watch”. She is also a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and 2012 U.S. Rockefeller Fellow in film. full profile 

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 

Associate 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, Chair, Film

Hilary Brougher is a writer and director living and working in NYC. 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 

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

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

Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Associate Professor Trey Ellis is an Emmy Award winning 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

In 2018, Jane M. Gaines won the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Career Award. 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. full profile 

Senior Lecturer in Discipline , Film

Ron Gregg writes and teaches about queer cinema (both Hollywood and experimental), classical and contemporary Hollywood, and the impact of globalization and digital technology on recent Hollywood film. full profile 

Professor, Film

Annette Insdorf is the author of Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes; Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has; Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francois Truffaut; Philip Kaufman, and the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Fil 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 

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 has written feature screenplays for all the major studios, including: Kiss the Girls starring Morgan Freeman, Desperate Measures starring Michael Keaton, Walking Tall starring The Rock, and most recently Emperor starring Tommy Lee Jones. David full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Christina Lazaridi is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and expert in dynamic story design. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Jack Lechner’s producing credits include Explorer for National Geographic; The New Yorker Presents for Amazon; The Fog Of War; Blue Valentine; Left Of The Dial for HBO; TruInside for TruTV; Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys for Sundance; The New Public and Playwright: From Page to Stage for PBS; and 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 Hamptons Film Festiv full profile 

Assistant Professor, Film

Ian Olds was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work as a director of both documentary and narrative films. 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. He has taught film history and theory Princeton, Harvard, the University of Paris/Sorbonne, the University of São Paulo, Beijing University and Jadavpur University. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Maureen A. Ryan is a producer based in concentrating on narrative and documentary feature films. She is co-producer of James Marsh’s Academy Award-winning documentary Man on Wire and the author of Producer to Producer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Low Budget, Independent Film Producing. 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 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Blair Singer is a New York-based playwright and television writer who is currently the Showrunner on Youth & Consequences, a Mark Gordon Company produced dramedy premiering on YouTube RED in February 2018. Prior to that, Blair was as the on-set Producing Writer for NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura. full profile 

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 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Lance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader. An alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, he is recognized as a pioneer in mixing storytelling and technology. full profile 

Visiting Faculty: Fall 2019

Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professor, Film

Carlos Augusto Calil (1951) is a professor, curator, filmmaker and cultural administrator who served as: Cultural and Film Production Director, CEO of EMBRAFILME, the Brazilian State Film Company; as Executive Director of Cinemateca Brasileira (Brazilian Film Archive); as Director of São Paulo Cultu full profile 

Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professor, Film

Esther Hamburger is Professor of History of Film, Television, and Digital Media at the School of Communication and Arts of University of São Paulo. full profile 

Adjunct Film Faculty: Fall 2019

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

John David Allen, A.C.E., has edited over 20 feature films in a wide variety of genres, as well as TV dramas and award-winning Short Films. For Merchant Ivory Productions he edited The Golden Bowl, Le Divorce, The White Countess, City of Your Final Destination, and Cotton Mary. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Henry Bean wrote and directed The Believer, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. He has written screenplays for many films. He was a staff writer on K Street and The OA. His recent fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s and Black Clock. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Michael is an audiovisual artist, sound designer and technical specialist with a wide range of professional experience in the sonic and visual arts. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

Loren-Paul Caplin has written scripts for many of the major studios (Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros.), Hollywood producers and Independent producers, including Laura Ziskin, Joe Roth, Robert Harris, Ben Barenholtz, and Ira Deutchman. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Harris Doran is an award-winning filmmaker whose film Beauty Mark which earned the ‘Breakout Performance’ Jury Prize for lead actress at its LA Film Festival premiere, Best Ultra Indie Film Award at the Woodstock Film Festival, Audience Award at Austin Film Festival and many othe 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 made into a film called Benched starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt, released in the summer of 2018. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Matthew Farrell has worked in NYC Film & Television since 2009 as a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 52 (Shame, Place Beyond the Pines, Boardwalk Empire) and graduated from Columbia University's School of the Arts in 2017 with an MFA in Film Directing. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Nick Fortugno is a designer of digital and real-world games and co-founder of the game company Playmatics. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Blair Foster is a filmmaker who won two Emmys for her work on the Academy Award winning film, Taxi to the Dark Side as well as an Emmy for Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World. She recently directed and produced The Clinton Affair, a six-part series for A&E. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Blythe Frank, an established independent producer for over 15 years, is based in New York. She has worked in development with Catman and Mary Productions, has run production at Flickerlab Studios and Time Inc., produced documentaries for PBS, and award-winning commercials and PSAs. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Madeleine Gavin works in both narrative and documentary film, primarily as an editor. She recently completed work on Julius Onah's film, Luce starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Caryn James is a film critic for BBC Culture, and a regular contributor on film and television to The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter.  She was previously a film critic and chief television critic for The New York Times and has appeared on CBS S full profile 

Special Lecturer, Film

Dan Kleinman’s first produced screenplay was Rage (Warner Brothers) in 1972. His most recent film, Tel Aviv on Fire (written with Sameh Zoabi '05), had its world premiere at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Interfilm Award and Best Actor. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Elizabeth Kling is a filmmaker working as Editor and Producer in both film and television. As Editor she worked on many films such as Zebrahead, The Thin Blue Line, Georgia, Addicted to Love, Practical Magic and and the pilots for HBO's Big Love, Veena Sud's T full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

Susan Korda edited the Oscar™ nominated documentary For All Mankind and was editor and creative collaborator on Sandi Du Bowski’s ground-breaking Trembling Before G-d. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jason LaRiviere received his PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. His writing has appeared in boundary 2, e-flux, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. He is working on a book incorporating data compression archeology, psychophysics of perceptual coding, and digital philosophy. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Tal Lazar is a Cinematographer, Producer and Educator. He moved from Tel Aviv, Israel in 2007 to pursue an MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Hollywood. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Ben is a filmmaker and creative director for virtual reality. Combining cutting-edge technology with creative storytelling and a love of genre, he conveys narratives in ways no one has seen before. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

As an artist, I work in various media, depending on the project, but most often in prose, video, and oils. Since 2013 I have overseen the School of the Arts' Production Center, a full-service circulation and training facility for motion picture technologies. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jodie Markell is an award-winning actress (OBIE award) and filmmaker (Moviemaker Magazine Breakthrough Award) known for work on stage and screen. Markell directed the feature film Tennessee Williams’ The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, and Ellen Burstyn. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Lisa Milinazzo (Director/Playwright, Theatre, Film): Recently nominated for Best Director Award for Origin Theatre’s First Irish Festival and the Alan Schneider Freelance Directing award (2018). full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

Stephen Molton is a screenwriter, producer, professor, artist, librettist, award-winning author, and former film executive with a wealth of experience in the creative arts. Harper Collins published his first novel, Brave Talk, in 1987. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Writer/Director Madeleine Olnek's third feature film Wild Nights With Emily starring Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson, premiered at SXSW, and was recently picked by the Rotten Tomatoes Editorial Staff as one of the "Best Comedies of 2019."   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Ming Peiffer is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from Columbus, Ohio. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Maria Perez-Brown is a nationally recognized television writer, producer and executive with over 20 years experience producing content for leading media brands including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., ABC, CBS, Nelvana, Sesame Workshop and NuvoTV. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

John Gould Rubin, A.D. of The Private Theatre for which he will direct two shows next season – radical A Doll House and Rocco, Chelsea, a devised piece, on American polarization. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Shrihari Sathe is an Independent Spirit Award-winning producer. Sathe produced Jaron Henrie-McCrea’s Pervertigo, which world premiered at the 2012 Warsaw and Mumbai film festivals and was a part of the 2011 IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs. 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

Ramin Serry has written and directed two critically-acclaimed feature films, Maryam (2002) and Loveless (2011). His short films have been official selections at several film festivals. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

Shira-Lee Shalit is an award-winning director of theatre and film, chosen by Steven Spielberg as one of 18 Finalists out of 12,000 directors for his Fox/DreamWorks TV show, On The Lot. 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

Mary Jane Skalski began her career at Good Machine where she worked on the early films of Ang Lee, Ed Burns and Nicole Holofcener. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Founder of Brooklyn-based Plug Ugly Films, filmmaker Michael Sládek’s feature-length credits include Con Artist (New Yorker Films, The Orchard, Tribeca Film Festival Jury Mention), BAM150 (Cinema Guild), and Devils Are Dreaming (Dances With Films Jury Award). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Mikael Södersten has over 25 years of experience in the Nordic film and television industries. Widely known as one of Scandinavia's leading script doctors and dramaturgs, he’s worked on over 80 projects in Europe and his native Sweden.   full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

Susanna Styron is the writer/director of the feature film Shadrach, starring Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell. She directed the award-winning shorts A Day Like Any Other and House of Teeth staring Deborah Hedwall. She has written numerous TV movies, and developed several TV series.  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 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 Associate Professor, Film

A Yale graduate, Adrienne Weiss began her career as a theater director but became a filmmaker after realizing that in film she could combine her two great passions- powerful, spontaneous performances and beautiful images. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

Matt Williams is best known as the creator and Executive Producer of the hit series Roseanne and the co-creator and Executive Producer of Home Improvement, one of the most successful programs in television history. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Adam Yaffe is a writer, director and editor of feature films, television and documentaries. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Zealey Bess is an award-winning filmmaker and theatre director with a résumé that features work with the legendary Sidney Lumet, John Leguizamo, Kevin Smith, Matt LeBlanc, Frank Whaley, Bruce Beresford and many others. full profile