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Documentary Filmmaking

Please Note: NYFA Documentary Programs are housed within the Filmmaking Department

Ed Timpe Ed Timpe
Chair of Filmmaking

MFA in Production with a concentration in Cinematography, Chapman University; BS in Kinesiology, Indiana University. Timpe has screened films in festivals around the world.

Sanora Bartels Sanora Bartels
Documentary Program Advisor

Master of Professional Writing, University of Southern California. Sanora has over 15 years of documentary feature, television, and commercial projects under her belt. Her feature documentaries include Michael & Me; Taking the Hill: A Warrior’s Journey, a documentary about PTSD; and Greedy, Lying Bastards, executive produced by Daryl Hannah, for which she travelled all over the world as field producer/field director. Sanora also worked as an assistant director on several projects including reality television shows for Discovery and NatGeo. At USC, she studied screenplay under Syd Field, the author of Screenplay, the industry’s bible on screenwriting. Her screenplay, Straying Home, was a semifinalist in the NexTV Writing and Pitch competition; and Comet Line, co-written with Carl Bartels, was a quarterfinalist in the 2018 PAGE Awards. She currently teaches screenwriting and documentary writing and producing, and continues to produce and direct.

Ashley Bank Ashley Bank

Ashley Bank has been working in the entertainment industry for virtually her entire life. She’s worked as an actress, stand-up comedian, producer, and writer. She has continued her work behind the camera, producing several award winning short films, one of which won the prestigious NYU Wasserman/King Award, and another of which was sold to IFC. She also worked as a producer for CBS News/48 Hours, and later for CBS News’ documentary department, working on documentaries for The History Channel, The Food Network, A&E, Discovery, and ESPN. She is a graduate of New York University, with a BA in Film, Journalism, & Political Science. She is also a graduate of The Second City Conservatory.

Carl Bartels Carl Bartels

Carl is a cinematographer with over 25 years of experience on an international level having worked on feature documentaries, narrative films (including all three movies in the Taken franchise), commercials, and music videos. His documentaries include Dark Girls, an Image Award nominee and Greedy, Lying Bastards, executive produced by Daryl Hannah. He has shot and directed several reality crime-themed shows for television and VOD. He has in-depth experience using 16/35 mm film cameras (Panavision, ARRI) as well as all current digital cameras from Red, Alexa, Sony F55 to DSLR cameras. Prior to becoming a cinematographer, he worked as a sports photographer for Spalding, shooting on the East Coast--his credited photos include: New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, World Cup Tennis, PGA, and the Boston Marathon. He continues to shoot and direct.

James H. Coburn IV James H. Coburn IV

C.A.S., has been working professionally in Production Sound for over twenty years, mixing such independent features as Free Enterprise (1998) with Eric McCormack and William Shatner, and The Bronx Bull (2013) with William Forsythe and Joe Mantegna. His television work includes the series Black Scorpion produced by Roger Corman, the reality show Guru2Go for Discovery Networks’ channel Health TV, and most recently, segments of Kobe Bryant’s Muse (2015). He served on the Board of the Cinema Audio Society for seven years, and was instrumental in creating the CAS Technical Achievement Awards honoring innovation in the equipment and software used by production and post-production sound mixers.

Robi Colangelo Robi Colangelo

BA Academy of Fine Arts Milan Italy, Paralegal Certificate, UCLA. Robi has been a producer’s representative, an associate producer and president of her own company, Focus Documentaries. She works to help documentary filmmakers to draft deal memos, negotiate distribution rights and write and review contracts.

Mary Beth Fielder Mary Beth Fielder

Mary Beth Fielder is a filmmaker and teacher with over twenty five years experience in film and television.

Fielder has written screenplays for Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros and directed the television drama, thirtysomething. She wrote and produced award-winning feature films Wild About Harry, named Best of Fest at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2009 and Togetherness Supreme, winner of Best International Feature Film at the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and multiple African Movie Academy Awards. Fielder has taught film directing, screenwriting and acting at USC, Loyola Marymount University, Tel Aviv University, New York Film Academy and the Dodge College of Film and Media at Chapman University.

Denise Hamilton Denise Hamilton

Denise Hamilton is a writer-producer for television whose work has been produced for NBC and CBS affiliates in New York and Boston, the Discovery Channel, the Fox Family Channel, E! Entertainment, de Passe Entertainment, and Quincy Jones-David Saltzman Entertainment. Ms. Hamilton wrote and produced the documentary Ngone’s Story: A Tale of Africa’s Orphans for the NBC/IBC series Horizons of the Spirit. Ms. Hamilton was coordinating producer for both the ABC-TV documentary Motown 40: The Music is Forever, and WNBC-TV’s For Peace Sake: Youth Speaks Out that won three local Emmys. She also was the writer and field producer of two hour-long documentaries on Rwandan refugees for GBGM Productions: A Harvest of Love and Refugee Camps of Zaire which aired on the Odyssey Channel; as well as Nicaragua, a 1-hour documentary on missionary work in that country. For the past nine years she has served as co-chairperson of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers-West. B.F.A. Theater, Howard University, M.A. Education, NYU.

Matteo Nurizzo Matteo Nurizzo

Matteo is an editor for various short independent films. He has also been an Avid Certified Instructor since 2013. He is a freelance videographer and editor whose clients include: BM Factory, Banque PSA Finance, Castiglioni. Matteo was director and editor of "Style In Frames" for Comune di Milano. He was an industrial designer and graphic artist in Italy. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Design from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Huch Platt Huch Platt

Head of the New York Film Academy Sound Dept, Avid Pro Tools HD Certified Instructor, Owner Majestic Sound Studios, Foley Mixer, Dialog Editor on Flags for Our Fathers, Black Dawn and Stranger by Me. Huch has dedicated his life to teaching the art and craft of Sound Design and helping new Documentarians achieve amazing sounding films.

Zack Stoff Zack Stoff

Zack studied at Bates College and the University of Westminster in London where he pursued a Film and Television degree. Shortly after graduating, Zack directed and edited a BBC documentary in cooperation with The Prince's Trust entitled Hidden Talents, promoting a national project that encourages youth music programs for disadvantaged musicians. Continuing with his passion for music, Zack directed two short documentaries for Maroon 5, following their international tours between 2003-2005. These were released as special features on their DVD, Maroon 5 Live: Friday the 13th. This project gave Zack a renewed appreciation for documentary editing. Since then, he has focused his career on post-production, editing short and long form documentaries, music videos, and narrative films. He continues to work as an editor and assistant editor on several films, including Che Part One and Che Part Two, and Seven Days in Havana directed by Benicio Del Toro.

Jenni Powell Jenni Powell

Jenni is the Emmy Award-winning producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sanditon, lonelygirl15, Emma Approved, and The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy. For two years, she was Director of Content and Social Media for VidCon and was a producer at Felicia Day's YouTube Premium Channel Geek & Sundry, where she produced the Geekie Award-Winning Talkin' Comics Weekly. Most recently, was Jenni was Head of Production for NewMediaRockstars before founding her own production company, Discourse Productions.

Andrew Gross Andrew Gross

Manhattan School of Music; USC. Andrew has composed original scores and licensed his music to hundreds of features and episodes of TV. Scoring credits include: Bio-Dome (MGM), The King of Queens (CBS/Sony), and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (New Line). His music has been licensed across all media, including: American Idol (ABC), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), Nacho Libre (Paramount) and Ratatouille (theatrical trailer, Disney). Recent credits include scoring and music supervision on the Emmy nominated, Why We Fight (Verizon GO90) and the upcoming comedy series, The Dress Up Gang (TBS). Andrew has received 4 BMI TV Music Awards.

Toni Gallagher Toni Gallagher

Toni is a long-time reality TV producer, having started as a story editor on MTV's The Real World and more recently serving as executive producer on seven seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo. Other credits include Road Rules, Dr. 90210, and Bug Juice among many other credits.

Toni is also the author of two middle grade novels published by Random House: Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell, and Twist My Charm: Love Potion #11. An animation company in Finland is shopping her third book for kids.
Tamera Daugherty-Martin Tamera Daugherty-Martin

Tamera is an international, award-winning film and television editor, Emmy-nominated producer, AVID Certified Instructor (Professional Grade), Resolve instructor, and a life-long educator, guiding some 2500+ undergrad, graduate, and professional students across the post-production landscape since 1994. Committed to empowering others to create and deliver their own stories, Tamera has helped shepherd numerous environmental, social justice, and educational projects for US and global distribution. Her most notable films include Without Lying Down (Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood) and The Day My God Died, which gained worldwide support and recognition from the Gates Foundation, International Justice Mission, Reebok Foundation, The Royal Family, Kofi Annan, and Madeleine Albright.
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