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 

Chair, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, 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 

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

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 

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 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 

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 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 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 

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: Spring 2018

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Vito Adriaensens works on the aesthetic, cultural and (art) historical interaction between film, theatre and visual arts. He is a co-author of Screening Statues: Sculpture and Cinema (2017) and the author of Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema (2018). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Judy has been casting in New York City since 1993. Features include: Hurricane Bianca, Lost Cat Corona, Gold Star, Pervertigo (by Columbia grad Jaron Henrie-McCrea) & Copenhagen (by Columbia grads Mark Raso & Mauro Mueller). TV Series: B 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

Born and raised in Paris, Gabrielle is a New York-based filmmaker. Most recently, she wrote and directed her first feature film Yosemite, starring James Franco and Henry Hopper, which was released theatrically in January 2016. 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

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

Blythe Frank, an established independent producer for over 15 years, is based in New York. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Sales and Production for Middle Kid Inc, a Los Angeles-based distribution and production company. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Film

Jérôme Game is an award-winning teacher of Film Studies and Philosophy. After gaining his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, he was first a research fellow at London University, then on the faculty of the American University of Paris for more than 10 years. 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. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Film

Michael Hausman has been in the Motion Picture Industry for over five decades. Starting as a production assistant he has worked with many directors as a producer and assistant director on films including: Brokeback Mountain, Gangs of New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and more. 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 

Special Lecturer, Film

Milena Jelinek, screenwriter/ playwright, studied at the Film and Television Academy FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic 1955 – 59. She was a screenwriter of Easy Life, 1957. In 1961, she immigrated to USA. 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

Deborah Kampmeier’s first feature Virgin, starring Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright was nominated for two 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. Her second feature, Hounddog, starring Dakota Fanning was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

A graduate of Columbia’s School of the Arts, Christina Lazaridi has taught screenwriting at Columbia’s Graduate Film Program for over a decade.  An award wining screenwriter and internationally renowned screenwriting mentor, Christina Lazaridi’s films have been nominated for an Academy Award an full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Zachary Levy is a documentary filmmaker and DP.  His verite feature Strongman was a New York Times’ Critics’ Pick and on Roger Ebert’s “Best of Year” list. 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 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

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

Michael Rauch is the creator, and showrunner, of Instinct, CBS’ new series, starring Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Naveen Andrews, and Whoopi Goldberg. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Ben Robbins is the screenwriter of the four-hour limited series, Madoff (ABC, 2016), starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, for which he received a 2017 WGA Award nomination. 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

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 Associate Professor, Film

Sandra Schulberg’s career spans years as a producer, film financier, and advocate for “Off-Hollywood” filmmakers. 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 wrote Hook, Once Around, Good Morning Karachi, and Madeline and is uncredited on Jurassic Park, Other Sister, Only You, Enchanted, and Polar Express. She is a creative advisor for Sundance Labs and received the Andrew Sarris award for distinguished Film Program alumni. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Ramin Serry, BA, University of Illinois. 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. 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

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 60 projects in Denmark and his native Sweden.   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 Associate Professor, Film

Susanna Styron is the writer/director of the feature film Shadrach, starring Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell. 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, Tribeca Film Institute Fellow, and Film Independent Fellow.   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Camilla Toniolo has been working as a film editor for over three decades. A native of Milan, Italy, she has called New York home for over forty years.    full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Kaiser Wahab represents startup ventures to Fortune 500 companies on the range of corporate, venture capital, contract, and intellectual property issues that confront businesses. 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

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 a filmmaker and writer living in Brooklyn who has written, directed and produced narrative and documentary films. full profile