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Documentary Department

Andrea Swift Andrea Swift
Chair of Documentary Department

MFA, Columbia University. Directed, Executive Produced PBS documentary newsmagazine series, In the Life (two time Telly-winner, three-time Emmy-nominee). Writer of the original pilot, CATCH (Scriptapalooza TV Award winner). Writer, Director of the short film, Company (Raindance Best of Festival Selection). Director, Producer, Editor of the internationally-aired documentary DEAFSMITH a nuclear folktale (featured at the United Nations Earth Summit, multi-festival award winner including the Silver at the Chicago International Film Festival and 2nd prize at the American Film and Video Festival. Associate Producer of the short film The Killers (winner DGA award, Best Short Film Panorama Award at Berlin, New Directors/New Films.)

Eliana Alvarez Martinez Eliana Alvarez Martinez

Currently Director of Photography (DP) on feature documentary, "Strat-O-Matic: The Movie;" Camera on feature documentary, "Picturing Peace;" DP, short documentaries "Makenzie Moon in Thailand" and "The Bears of Sakhalin Island."

Awards as Director: "The Storyteller" (Best Director, Pepe Bocanegra Film Festival, Premiere at Chicago International Children's Film Festival, Official Selection of Gijón International Film Festival, Taiwan International Children's Film Festival). "5 Pointz" (Official Selection: Gijon International Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, University of Juarez Film Festival and Pepe Bocanegra Film Festival.)

Awards as Cinematographer: "Wrong Kind of Love" (Director's Award, Taoz Shortz; Selected for "Favorites" screening at The American Documentary Film Festival); "LifeLine" (selected for scoring by The Julliard School); "Indian Summer" (Official Selection NY Indian Film Festival.)

Also DP on three nationally broadcast music videos, more than twenty short films, the feature film, "Indebted," produced by Ahmad Razvi, of "Man Push Cart" fame and feature docs, "Names, Not Numbers (New York)" and "Names, Not Numbers, (Chicago)"

Corporate clients include: FormuLatin Public Relations Agency, Bohemia Beer, El Jimador Tequila and PaidContent.

Mridu Chandra Mridu Chandra

Mridu Chandra is a filmmaker and writer based in New York. She has been producing award-winning documentaries and narrative films for the past decade. In addition to producing THE CANAL STREET MADAM (SXSW 2010) and co-producing BROTHER OUTSIDER (Sundance 2003, P.O.V. 2003), she produced LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN (Sundance & AFI/ Silverdocs 2004, Independent Lens 2005), which was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as one of the "most outstanding documentaries" of 2004. Her independent feature film credits include line producing the romantic comedy LOVE, LUDLOW (Sundance 2005), associate producing PUNCHING AT THE SUN (Sundance 2006) and producing POUNDCAKE (AFI-LA 2008) which won 3 Best Film Awards, 2 Audience Awards, and 1 Best Original Screenplay Award on the festival circuit. Most recently, she served as coordinating producer and post-production supervisor of the five-part PBS series WOMEN, WAR & PEACE.

She has been a grant recipient of the Urban Artist Initiative and of the Tribeca Film Institute, and has been selected to participate in the CPB/WGBH Producers Academy, the Tribeca Film Institute's All Access Program, and most recently, in the 2011 Open Doors co-production lab at the Locarno Film Festival.

Giuseppe De Angelis Giuseppe De Angelis
Introduction to Editing

Giuseppe De Angelis' education experiences in filmmaking were formally over in July 2000, when he graduated from the 'Civic school of Cinema' in Milan (Italy), with a Diploma in Film Editing. Since then he's been working on almost any sort of film and video products: feature films, short films, film documentaries, cartoons, tv programs, promos, commercials, etc…mostly as editor.

He worked for three years at 'Rumblefish s.r.l.', a production and postproduction company in Milan where he worked as assistant editor of feature films, such as "Honolulu Baby" by Maurizio Nichetti, editor of various short films; editor of TV programs for MTV South Feed, drama, cartoons such as "CoccoBill"; promos, corporate videos for SONY group and documentaries for RAI channels. He's been full time employed at the Murdoch's big network 'SKY Italia', writing, editing specials, epk, backstage items and film news for Sky Cinema channels. In 2005/2006 he produced and directed two short films: "Enemy Closer" and "Midday Room" in Los Angeles, both of them were very well-regarded by International Film Festivals.

In 2009 he moved in New York to work as producer and editor in documentaries, commercials and feature films. He is also currently working as film editing instructor at 'New York Film Academy's branches in New York, Rome, Florence and Abu Dhabi (UAE). At the end of 2011 he formed his own production company named 'Purple Reel Productions'.

Bob Eisenhardt Bob Eisenhardt
Thesis Editing Master Course

Three-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Oscar nominee, Bob Eisenhardt is broadly considered one of-if not the - best documentary editor in the business. A frequent HBO collaborator, Bob tends to cut for top documentary directors like two-time Oscar-winner, Barbara Kopple and the legendary Albert Maysles. Films that he has edited have garnered two Oscar nominations, nineteen Emmys, two Peabodys, and numerous other awards. Two of his films, VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR and DIXIE CHICKS: SHUT UP & SING are among the highest earning documentaries of all time.

Robert Ferraro Robert Ferraro
Journalistic Documentary, Documentary Script Writing

Robert Ferraro is an Emmy award winning television news producer with more than 40-years experience in both local and national news with the NBC and ABC television networks. He earned distinction as a broadcast news writer and editor, special reports producer, broadcast line producer, and long form and documentary producer. Mr. Ferraro has taught Broadcast News Production at Purchase College, Purchase, NY, and the New York Film Academy.

Linda Hattendorf Linda Hattendorf

Linda Hattendorf has been active in the New York documentary community for nearly two decades. Her directorial debut, The Cats of Mirikitani, won prizes at more than 25 festivals worldwide, including the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere, was broadcast nationally on PBS's series Independent Lens, and played theatrically in the US and abroad. Her editing work has aired on PBS, A&E, and The Sundance Channel as well as in theatrical venues and many festivals. She edited 7th Street, directed by Josh Pais; Julia Pimsleur's Brother Born Again; Christina Lundberg's On the Road Home: A Spiritual Journey Guided by Remarkable Women, Nancy Recant's Jin Shin Jyutsu, and Danny Schechter's In Debt We Trust. She was Associate Editor on Frontline's The Choice '96, and on Barbara Kopple's Bearing Witness; Contributing Editor on POV's American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii; a cameraperson on William Greaves' Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take 2 1/2 , and a researcher on the Ken Burns series The West. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds degrees in Literature, Art History, and Media Studies.

Immy Humes Immy Humes

Immy Humes is an independent documentary filmmaker and TV producer. Her work has a wide range of subject, with underlying social and political themes related to justice, class, gender, and race. It has a distinctive, recognizable, voice and often uses an indirect approach or humor. Her most recent film, Doc, opened at Film Forum and aired on PBS. About her late father, HL “Doc” Humes, it is a political, personal, and cultural tale of mental illness, drugs, and creativity. Critics called it “exquisite,” “fascinating,” “engaging,” nothing short of inspiring… deliciously ironic.” Immy’s first film, A Little Vicious, about an alleged pit bull, was nominated for an Academy Award. She has won a MacDowell Colony fellowship; screenings at MOMA and festivals from Amsterdam to Arkansas; grants from the NEA, NYSCA, Soros, ITVS, NEH, CPB and others. Her work has aired on PBS, NBC News, A&E, National Geographic, Court TV, and Michael Moore’s TV Nation.

Alexandra Johnes Alexandra Johnes
Advanced Producing and The Business of the Documentary

Alexandra Johnes. BFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Producer for Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney on various feature documentaries including "Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place," "Casino Jack & The United States of Money", "My Trip to Al-Qaeda", and "Freakonomics." Consulting Producer on Eugene Jarecki's "Reagan" and his Sundance Grand Jury Award-winning, "The House I Live In."

Ronald Kopp Ronald Kopp

Ron Kopp received his MFA in Film from Columbia University. He recently completed directing a feature-length film version of Jeff Cohen's off-Broadway play "The Soap Myth." He has worked as an editor, a sound editor, a music consultant and an archival film researcher on a wide variety of projects. For a number of years he was the Film Program Director at the Paramount Center for the Arts, a landmarked movie palace in Peekskill, NY. He has also been a regularly featured commentator on movies for NPR. For, Ron was "Dr. Video": he wrote a humorous column that prescribed videos to help readers cope with their real life problems. Ron has been teaching Film Studies at the Center for Worker Education/City College since 1998, where he has developed something in the neighborhood of 20 distinct courses, including: The Art of Documentary; Film & Human Rights; Film & Labor; Kids on Camera; The French New Wave; American Cinema of the Vietnam Era; Director Studies: Martin Scorsese & Spike Lee; The Art of Alfred Hitchcock, Screenwriting, etc. At CUNY, Ron created a series of faculty development workshops designed to promote visual literacy and critical thinking in courses across the curriculum. He has also taught film and writing at FIT and Marymount Manhattan and been a Guest Lecturer at Princeton Day School. Ron joined the faculty of the New York Film Academy in January of 2010. He teaches History of Documentary, Doc Studies and a Master Class with Visiting Filmmakers. His distinguished guests have included award-winning directors Robert M. Young, Immy Humes, David Van Taylor, Jeremy Newberger and Hamid Rahmanian; producers Maureen Ryan, Lynn Appelle and Melissa Hibbard; cinematographer Claudia Raschke-Robinson; and editor Emily Paine.

James Lecesne James Lecesne
Story Curriculum Advisor, Writing for Documentary

Writer Academy Award-winning, short film, TREVOR. Co-founder, The Trevor Project. Adapted Armistead Maupin's FURTHER TALES OF THE CITY into an Emmy nominated mini-series for SHOWTIME. Wrote one of the final episodes of WILL & GRACE. Eve Ensler recently commissioned James to write some monologues for men to add to her famous, VAGINA MONOLOGUES.

Winner of the NY Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the LA Theater Weekly Award, James' first solo show, WORD OF MOUTH was presented by Mike Nichols and Elaine May and directed by Eve Ensler. His young adult novel, ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS, (published by Harper Collins) was awarded The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association. His new novel, VIRGIN TERRITORY, was published by Egmont USA in 2010. James' first editing venture, THE LETTER Q, a collection in which famous writers (including James) write letters to their younger selves, was just published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc. (And THE BEST MAN, the play in which he is currently making his Broadway acting debut was honored with a Tony Award nomination, last week.

Dorottya Mathe Dorottya Mathe

Dorottya Mathe is a freelance producer originally from Hungary where she worked in the entertainment business for 7 years before moving to NY in 2007.

Dorottya is a Producer with New York based An Films and contributed on a variety of their projects such as the Popsci web-series, a video dance-theatre piece Impermanent Collection: The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Sing For Hope: Pop-Up Pianos documentary. Currently, in association with An Films Dorottya is completing her feature documentary Devoted To Dance.

Dorottya is the New York Producer of Metamorphosis: Immersive Kafka, an experimental interactive short film shot entirely with 360 degree spherical camera, she co-produced Pardon us for Living but the Graveyard is Full a retrospective music documentary on a garage-rock band the Fleshtones.

Producer for David Michalek on slow-motion video performance-portraits including Portraits in Dramatic Time commissioned by the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival featuring Alan Rickman, William H. Macy, Liev Schrieber, Holly Hunter, Ludivine Sagnier, Lili Taylor etc. and Figure Studies premiering at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In collaboration with Director Kevin Arbouet, Dorottya is developing a New York based treasure hunt game show Clash for Cash:NY.

Dorottya is a Producing Instructor at the New York Film Academy’s Documentary Department since 2010.

Eddie Rosenstein Eddie Rosenstein
Documentary Craft, Non-Fiction Television

Eddie Rosenstein (Documentary Department: Documentary Craft, Non-Fiction Television)

Creator, Executive Producer (EP), Co-Showrunner and Director of Sandhogs, the much touted History Channel reality series about the elusive and legendary urban minors who build and maintain the underground layer of NYC. EP & Showrunner of, How The States Got Their Shapes, a reality series about the history and culture of America (History.) Creator, EP, Showrunner of Surveillance City, reality pilot about the world's largest surveillance camera company and public investigation agency, upcoming on TruTV. Co-EP, Showrunner, DP of Missing, docu-series pilot about families trying to locate missing loved ones, upcoming on A&E.

Award-winning independent documentary producer/ director of fourteen films, including the official 9/11 10th anniversary commission, Boatlift, in which Tom Hanks narrates the lost epic story of the spontaneous, volunteer 9/11 boatlift that evacuated a half million people from the piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Broadcast on CNN. Quickly became #1 viewed video on YouTube in its category.

Commercial clients include: Kodak, AT&T, Johnson Wax, Pepperidge Farm, The American Red Cross, Corning, FDNY, Pfizer, etc.

FUN FACT: Eddie also served as DP for the street scenes in RENT-especially appropriate since the character of Mark was based on him.

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