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

Ramin Bahrani is an Academy Award® nominated Iranian-American filmmaker. His cinematic oeuvre is housed in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Roger Ebert proclaimed Bahrani as “the director of the decade” in 2010. 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, Film

Hilary Brougher, a member of of the MFA Film Program in Directing, is a screenwriter and director whose films include South Mountain 2019, Stephanie Daley 2007 and The Sticky Fingers of Time 1997. 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

Jane M. Gaines is Professor of Film, Columbia University, and Professor Emerita of Literature and English, Duke University who in 2018 received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Career Award and in 2021 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. full profile 

Associate Professor, Film

Racquel Gates is the author of Double Negative: The Black image and Popular Culture. Her research focuses on Black film and media, reality television, and popular culture more broadly. 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. Projects she has authored, or actively developed, have won awards at Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, Oberhousen, Serajevo Film Festival, Sundance, SXSW and the Ariels (Me 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. full profile 

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. Recent credits include The Assistant, Driveways, Adam, and the limited series Somos. full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Blair Singer is an Emmy-nominated New York-based television writer and playwright. Most recently, he served as the Co-Executive Producer on the upcoming Fox show, Filthy Rich, starring Kim Cattrall. 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 2021

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Peter Ackerman was a writer and producer on the award winning FX series, The Americans and on the upcoming Amazon series, Amazing Stories. He co-wrote the movies, Ice Age, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and Angry Birds 2.  full profile 

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

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

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

Equity and inclusion champion, Founder/CEO Collective Moxie, Former Disney/NBCU/Google exec, Board Member: WIA/NALIP/Hispanic Federation/Science & Entertainment Exchange, Proud Cubana/Puertorriqueña full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Harris Doran is an NYC-based filmmaker whose film I See You and You See Me premiered on PBS/Thirteen this past Spring 2021. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Richard Dresser is a playwright and novelist and has worked extensively in TV. He is President of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops all over the country with those whose voice is not being heard. 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

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

Madeleine Gavin is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York. She works in both narrative and documentary film and is currently in post-production on a feature she is both directing and editing. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Jinko Gotoh is a producer and consultant for the animation industry. She has 25+ years experience spanning a wide range of media, with particular emphasis on the evolution of animation and CGI. She is currently producing The LEGO Movie Sequel for Warner Animation Group. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

David Gutnik is a Russian-American editor, screenwriter and director from Brooklyn, New York. Materna, Gutnik's debut feature film, was awarded Best Actress and Best Cinematography at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, where Gutnik was also nominated for Best New Director. 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 latest produced screenplay is Tel Aviv on Fire (2018), written with Sameh Zoabi ’05. The script won the Israeli Oscar and the Asia Pacific Screen Award, and it's streaming on Amazon Prime.  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 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

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): Directing Award Nominations: Barbara Whitman Directing Award; Alan Schneider Freelance Directing award, Best Director Award, Origin Theatre 2019, Best Director & Best Ensemble, L.A. Weekly Awards. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Mike O’Brien is an experienced audio professional well-versed in all aspects of location sound. In his far-reaching career, Mike has seen and done it all: ENG, EFP, multi-camera live events, and narrative and documentary films.   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Diana Peralta is a director, writer, and producer. Her debut feature film, De Lo Mio (HBO), had its world premiere as the closing night film of BAMcinemaFest in 2019 and was picked up for distribution by HBO in 2020. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Keith Reamer is a New York based film editor, who has been working in the industry for over thirty-five years. Since graduating from the University of Bridgeport’s late, lamented film program, Keith has edited over 50 features, documentaries and films for television. 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. His feature directorial debut 1000 Rupee Note has received over 30 awards. Sathe is a member of PGA, IMPPA, and AMPAS. 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

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

George Sikharulidze is a filmmaker based in New York and Tbilisi. His short films have premiered in festivals like Sundance, Toronto and Clermont-Ferrand. Currently, he is working on his feature film Panopticon. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Allison Silverman's writing credits include Russian Doll which she also executive produced, and The Colbert Report, which she launched as head writer and later helmed as executive producer and showrunner. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Char Simpson is a non-binary artist, interactive writer, and creative producer. They specialize in the mapping and crafting of interactive stories for all ages. 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 Assistant Professor, Film

Julia Thompson is a Brooklyn based Producer, Director and Union 817 Location Scout with over ten years experience making film, television and podcasts. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film

Director, Screenwriter, Producer based in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley. 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

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 

Adjunct Professor, Film

Ying Zhu is a faculty at the City University of New York and the Hong Kong Baptist University. full profile