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 

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, Television Writing concentration co-head, 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, Television Writing Concentration co-head, 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 2018

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Adam Bernstein began his career as an animator, and at age 26 produced the first original programming for the Nickelodeon Network. 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 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

Erica Fae is an actor and theatre/filmmaker. 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

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

Jeff Greenberg is a post-production consultant, author, and educator, based out of Magnolia, Delaware.    He served as a producer, colorist and sound mixer on A Wig and a Prayer (2016), a film about a drag queen, Peaches Christ, which premiered in the Frameline Film festival. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

A freelance post supervisor in New York, Andrew Hauser has overseen numerous independent films in the past four years, including most recently Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown and Rob Burnett’s The Fundamentals of Caring. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Dennis works as a Theatre Artist Internationally and Domestically. This Summer he taught a two-week intensive workshop for the Epidaurus Festival in Greece, On Women Victims and violence in classical drama in the age of #MeToo, using the techniques of The Emotional Gesture.   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 

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Caryn James is Film Critic for BBC Culture and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, and the New York Times Book Review.    full profile 

Professor Emeritus, Special Lecturer, Film

Dan Kleinman taught for twenty years as a member of the full-time screenwriting faculty at Columbia (1996-2016). During that time, he was chair of Film for five years and acting dean of the School of the Arts for three years. Prior to coming to Columbia, he taught for twenty years at NYU. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant 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

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

John Lyons is a film editor and a New Yorker in no particular order. Best known for his work with writer and director Ritesh Batra, John’s most recent project, Photograph, is their fourth collaboration. 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

Lisa Milinazzo (Director/Playwright, Theatre, Film): Recently nominated for the 2018 Alan Schneider Freelance Directing award, she directed 3D Hamlet (a cinematic/theatrical hybrid) featuring Alec Baldwin, Michael Emerson and Richard Easton (Edinburgh Fringe festival). She i 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

Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy, Peabody, and DuPont Award-winning filmmaker, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and works as a producer and a director. 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. 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

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

Ramin Serry, BA, University of Illinois. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Sarah Seulki Oh is an independent producer who has produced narrative and documentary films in Amsterdam, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Turkey, U.K., and the U.S. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant 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

Alex is a screenwriter, filmmaker and educator who grew up on a ranch in western Montana. His latest feature film Walking Out, which he made with his twin brother, Andrew, was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 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 Associate Professor, Film

Susanna Styron is the writer/director of the feature film Shadrach, starring Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell. 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 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 

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