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 

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 is an independent film producer, marketer and distributor. He was a founder of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features—two companies that helped define the independent film business. He was co-founder of Emerging Pictures, the first digital projection network in the US. 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

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 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

Kalin’s Swoon won prizes at Sundance, Berlin, Stockholm & the Gotham Awards. Savage Grace premiered in Cannes, opened Zurich and screened internationally. He produced I Shot Andy Warhol and Go Fish. He directed the first episode of Pride for FX, which airs 2021. 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 an expert in dynamic story design and audience response. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Jack Lechner’s producing credits include The New Yorker Presents, Blue Valentine, and The Fog Of War. As an executive, he was involved in movies like The Crying Game, Good Will Hunting, and The Full Monty. 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 

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 

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 

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 

Adjunct Film Faculty: Fall 2020

Adjunct 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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jameka Autry is a producer, director, and 2020 Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellow. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

In addition to the pilots for Fargo, 30 Rock, Scrubs, Alpha House and Strangers with Candy, Adam has directed for over eighty different shows, including multiple episodes of Oz and Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jon Branden is a writer/director, editor, and post supervisor from CT. He has worked on some of the most daring new independent narrative and documentary films and TV series to be released, including official selections at reputable film festivals like Sundance, SxSW, and Berlin. 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

Skye Dent is a relentlessly-single, multi-raced TV-Film writer raised in the dangerous then predominantly black-latino projects of Roxbury, Boston with the irrepressible impulse and tantalizing talent to be a writer. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Richard Dresser's first novel, It Happened Here, comes out in September 2020, just in time for the election. His many plays have appeared off-Broadway, in regional theater, and Europe. They include the widely produced Rounding Third, which was made into a film called Benched starring John C. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Matt Fennell is a film and television writer from Syracuse, NY. His writing credits include Showtime’s Billions and Netflix’s Brand New Cherry Flavor, in addition to a decade of independent film production experience in Atlanta, New York City, and Europe. 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

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

Felicia D. Henderson is a committed and passionate educator and scholar who brings twenty-five years of film and TV production into the classroom. She is the creator of Showtime’s Emmy Award nominated series Soul Food, television’s first successful drama to feature an African American cast. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Writer / Director Rachel Israel is a NYC based filmmaker and an adjunct professor of film at Rhode Island School of Design. She received her BFA with Honors from RISD and her MFA in Film with Honors from Columbia University.  full profile 

Special Lecturer, Film

Dan’s screenplay for Tel Aviv on Fire (2018), written with Sameh Zoabi ’05, won the Israeli Oscar and the Asia Pacific Screen Award. The film won Best Film at Seattle, Haifa, and other festivals. Streaming now on Amazon. 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

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): Nominated for the Alan Schneider Freelance Directing award  and Best Director Award for Origin Theatre’s First Irish Festival 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 - AD, The Private Theatre, former co-AD of LAByrinth with John Oritiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Directed throughout US and Europe; finalist - Calloway Award/Best Director - Turn Me Loose; developing a radical King Lear w/Joe Morton - LA in Spring. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

An Emmy-nominated television writer and producer, Michael has been a showrunner for both comedy and drama series. He has projects in development with producers/production companies/studios in Moscow, Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York and Prague. full profile 

Adjunct Associate 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 has been a professor of screen writing at the Graduate Film School at Columbia University since 2014. Mr. Schwab has written for Scott Rudin, Warner Brothers, Animal Logic, Hollywood Pictures, Propaganda, and Paramount Pictures. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Malia wrote Hook, Once Around, Good Morning Karachi, Madeline and is uncredited on Jurassic Park, Other Sister, Only You, Enchanted, Polar Express. She's a Sundance creative advisor and received the Sarris award for distinguished Columbia Graduate alumni. 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 film and theatre. Chosen by Steven Spielberg out of 12,000 filmmakers, she was one of 18 Finalists for the Fox/Dreamworks 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

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

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 Assistant Professor, Film

Hannah Weyer is an American filmmaker and writer living in New York, who has written, directed and produced narrative and documentary films. 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, theatre director and educator. She has been directing theatre and film, specializing in new work since she arrived on these shores and established her company, Weird Sisters, as a theatrical entity in 1997.   full profile