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Filmmaking Department

Andrea Swift Andrea Swift
Chair of Filmmaking

With over 20 years of filmmaking experience, Swift served as executive producer and director of PBS’ Emmy-nominated documentary magazine series, “In the Life.” Her films have screened at the United Nations Earth Summit and honored by festivals around the world, including Berlin International Film Festival and Sundance’s Environmental Film Festival. She has created content for AMC, History, WE, the NY Knicks, Madison Square Garden, and Clearview Cinemas; and has written for and directed top talent including Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, Oscar nominees Laura Linney, Patricia Clarkson and Lesley Gore, and Tony Award winners Alan Cumming, Harvey Fierstein, Denis O’Hare and Cherry Jones. Currently, Swift focuses on writing, story producing, and creative producing on a variety of documentary projects including “The Crossing Borders Project,” a featured program of National Geographic’s education wing. MFA, Columbia University.

Jonathan Whittaker Jonathan Whittaker
Chair of Short-term Intensive Programs

Jonathan Whittaker is a partner and founding member of ManInHat, a New York-based production company. With over 15 years of experience in the film industry, having produced, directed, and lensed short films, music videos, live concerts, commercials, TV shows, features, docs and 3D specials, he is never one to shy away from a new challenge. Nissan, Sony Pictures, DirecTV, Gillette, Hyundai, and Sports Illustrated are just a few of his clients and collaborators. When he is not on set or in an edit you can usually find him at the head of a lecture hall sharing his thoughts on the art of cinematography and the director's craft. In addition to being a resident professor at the New York Film Academy, he has also given guest lectures all over the globe.

Claude Kerven Claude Kerven

Kerven's career began with the debut of his short film "Candy Store," which won an Academy Award for Best Dramatic Student Film. In 1982, he directed a series of Afterschool Specials for ABC-TV, including the Emmy Award winning "Starstruck" and the Director's Guild of America-nominated "High School Narc." Kerven also directed over 25 short films for Saturday Night Live, including the much celebrated "Synchronized Swimmers." His most recent directorial work, "They Never Found Her," starred Madmen's Elisabeth Moss and Fargo's Peter Storemare. In 1990, Kerven co-authored "Mortal Thoughts," for Columbia Pictures, starring Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel and Demi Moore. As Chair of the 1-Year and 2-Year Filmmaking Programs at the New York Film Academy, a role he has held since 1994, Kerven has developed and implemented innovative course objectives to engage and effectively teach students in the areas of directing, screenwriting, acting for film, cinematography, editing, production workshops and producing.

Paul Warner Paul Warner

Paul Warner is a film and theatre director and writer who has directed over 50 theatre and film productions, including "Women: The War Within" at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, where he was a Princess Grace Foundation Artist-In-Residence; award-winning short "In the Name of The Father" (Sundance); and feature "Fall Time" (Lionsgate), which premiered at the Sundance Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. He produced and co-wrote award-winning short "The Puritans," and will direct and produce the feature films "Reclaiming Eden" and "Hamlet/Horatio." The LGBTQ Academy of Recording Arts commissioned Warner to direct the 25th anniversary of the OUTmusic Awards in 2015, and to produce a documentary celebrating the history of LGBTQ recording artists. He directed and served as creative consultant for David Michalek's "Portraits in Dramatic Time," a series of shorts featuring such performers as Holly Hunter, Patti Lupone, Alan Rickman, Roger Rees, and Wendy Whelan, for The Lincoln Center Festival. Warner is grateful for the ongoing support of the Princess Grace Foundation, including a fellowship for his Second Stage Theatre residency, followed by a Statue Award, and now, the Works-in-Process grant. He is an alumnus of the Drama League of New York's Directors Project and a recipient of a Cite-Read fellowship to develop a new translation of Nelson Rodrigues' "Wedding Dress," for which Warner's production garnered seven Drama-Logue Awards, including best direction. Favorite projects include: "Out In America" (Daryl Hannah and Stephen Baldwin), "Mercury" by Gary Sunshine (HERE/Eve Ensler), and "Chinese Cabaret" in collaboration with composer Peter Melnick at the LA International Festival under the artistic direction of Peter Sellars. Training: Harvard, B.A.; the American Film Institute, M.F.A in Filmmaking.

Liz Hinlein Liz Hinlein

Liz Hinlein is an award-winning filmmaker, creative director and cinematographer. She is the creator of The 20/20 Series (produced by NYFA), a weekly live, online series with creative visionaries which has garnered thousands of views. Liz is currently the Creative Director of Filmmaking and Cinematography at New York Film Academy.

Her work has been commissioned globally by top international brands, including Dove, Lifetime, Revlon, Gillette, Maybelline, A&E, Wella, NARS Cosmetics, Bare Minerals, Clairol, and MAC Cosmetics. Additionally, Hinlein has created films and photo campaigns for superstar musicians Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Quincy Jones, Incubus, and Fishbone.

Her love of sports and filming athletes has garnered her global branding campaigns including filming martial artists trained by Jackie Chan’s fight choreographer in Chengdu China, the USA Women’s Soccer team campaign for Lifetime Television, the USA Women’s Softball team for The Olympic Committee and dance photography for the famed choreographers Daniel Ezralow and Judith Jamison.

Her debut feature film "Other People’s Children" screened at multiple film festivals earned several awards including Best Director, Best Feature Film and Audience Award. Her VR film for Byton Auto was nominated for Best Branded Entertainment/Commercial at the 2019 CES VR Fest after winning the same award in 2018 for her Accenture’s VR film "Behind the Style". Most recently, Hinlein is in pre-production on the groundbreaking immersive documentary experience "Osage ’85" about the MOVE Crisis in Philadelphia in the 80’s.

Jonathan Appell Jonathan Appell

Sound instructor Jonathan Appell has had an unusually diverse career path. His work can be heard on TV shows like "Ed" and "The Dana Carvey Show"; movies like "First Wives Club" and "Coyote Ugly"; recordings by legendary artists like Carole King, Bette Midler, and Grover Washington, Jr.; anime cartoons like "Gokusen" and "Shura No Toki"; and literally hundreds of television and radio commercials. In addition to his ongoing freelance work, Jonathan has also been teaching for the last 12 years. He is an AVID Certified Pro Tools Instructor, a voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), and an active member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

Arsenio G. Assin Arsenio G. Assin

Arsenio G. Assin received his BFA from City College of New York's Picker Institute in Film and Media Studies. Afterwards, he worked for several years in the various genres in New York, including music videos, documentaries, commercials, industrials, ENG. and independent shorts and features in the different crew departments, such as a key grip, sound, electrician, AC, production design and eventually DOP. His work history has ranged from work for bigger productions, such as an AC for the New York second unit crew of Stanley Kubricks's last film, "Eyes Wide Shut," to smaller productions of independent companies such as cult favorite Troma Entertainment's feature films "Citizen Toxie" and "Poultrygeist." As a cinematographer, his work in indie films, "The Viscous Circle" and "Sad Spanish Song" has been accepted in several festivals as well as had a theatrical release. His longtime collaboration with director Preston Miller has seen his work in micro budget film "Jones", reviewed by Amy Taubin in Film Comment as "a find." He believes that it was these varied work experiences which gave him insight into the challenges that face new and upcoming filmmakers.

Thomas Barnes Thomas Barnes
Directing, Producing

Thomas Barnes is an award-winning director with an eclectic range of work. Originally from Hong Kong, he has worked extensively in New York, Los Angeles, and all over Asia. His narrative shorts, including "Pork Chop" and "Porgies & Bass," have played some of the top film fests worldwide. He has helmed TV commercials for brands like Coke and M&M, and directed music videos for artists as diverse as Keke Palmer, Rod Stewart and Faye Wong. He continues to write and direct narrative films, alongside teaching directing craft at the New York Film Academy since 2007.

Piero Basso, A.I.C. Piero Basso, A.I.C.

Piero Basso, A.I.C., is a cinematographer with more than 20 years of experience and an active member of the Italian Association of Cinematographers (A.I.C.). Piero has shot 15 feature films and major TV series while working on projects from documentaries to short films. His movies have been honored in Venice (Competition), Cannes (Semaine de la Critique), Locarno (Competition), Turin, Huesca, Busan, Clermont-Ferrant, Oberhausen and numerous other festivals all over the world. Hee recently wrapped production on a 12-episodes TV series directed by Marco Risi and produced by RAI, as well as the feature film "Una Famiglia," directed by Sebastiano Riso, which will be in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2017.

Luigi Benvisto Luigi Benvisto

Luigi Benvisto, A.I.C. is an IATSE International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 cinematographer, an active member of the A.I.C. (Association of Italian Cinematographers), and an active member of the Imago. Luigi has over 10 years of experience as cinematographer. In 2015 he worked on the movie "Cloud Kumo," which received the 2016 Student Academy Award and the 2016 Golden Eagle Award, among other prestigious awards worldwide. The projects he worked on have received dozens of awards, from Cannes to the Oscars.

Davide Berardi Davide Berardi

Davide's career started in Northern Italy in the early 2000s as a live sound engineer. After a few years he started producing and engineering music in the studio for other artists, until he realized that his true passion lay in writing and producing his own work. He is active in the New York City Independent Film scene as a composer, and many artists trust his skills to tell their story through music. Davide's style possesses cinematic, textural and vocal elements, with a touch of rock: the perfect combination to accentuate visual storytelling. His dynamic abilities are ever evolving, you can find out more about what he is up to at his website.

Lea Tolub Brandenburg Lea Tolub Brandenburg
Lea Tolub Brandenburg has been acting, teaching and directing for over 30 years. She recently completed an MFA in Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts (2015). At Vermont College of Fine Arts her mentors were Dan Schrecker, Cherien Dabis, Brandon Cole and T. Marie Dudman. Her MFA Film, "And Again," was an official selection of the Big Apple Film Festival. Since 2003 she has been teaching directing actors and acting for film at the New York Film Academy. While at the New York Film Academy, she has directed seven short films and hundreds of scenes/shorts in her acting for film classes. As an actor, she has worked in film, theatre, commercials, industrials and voice-over. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association. She is the co-author of "The Actor's Workbook: How to Become a Working Actor."

Benjamin Cohen Benjamin Cohen
Benjamin Cohen is a Brooklyn-based improviser, filmmaker, and teacher. He graduated from Georgia State University with an M.A. in Film. He attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for Undergraduate Film Studies and studied French Culture at The Sorbonne - University of Paris IV. He's completed advanced programs in Improv and Sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Annoyance, and Reckless Theaters. Benjamin now improvises live movies and plays at the Reckless Theatre and hosts at the People's Improv Theater. He has written, directed, performed, or consulted for projects accepted to festivals including Cannes, NYTVF, Iceland Improv, North Carolina Comedy Arts, Hartford Improv, District Improv, The Joshua Tree, NYC Improv, UCB DCM, Atlanta Underground, Atlanta Comedy, and LA Comedy. Benjamin is an active member of the Writer's Guild of America - East. He teaches screenwriting, directing, and cinema Studies at NYFA and acts as President of the Faculty Senate.

Richard D’Angelo Richard D'Angelo

Richard holds a Masters of Arts in film and theater. He directed and produced his master's thesis screenplay, "First Person," into a feature film which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won festivals in New York and Los Angeles. He has directed three feature films as well as produced award-winning music videos, documentaries, and narrative shorts and features. Besides being a professional editor and producer, Richard has proudly been an educator as a professor of film and broadcast arts. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Debbie De Villa Debbie De Villa
De Villa has been a production designer for feature films and commercials for over 25 years. Her work has brought her across the U.S. as well as the world, to locations from South Dakota to Indonesia -- all bringing their own challenges and beauty to the work. Her work as production designer on feature films includes "Maria Full of Grace" (starring Catalina Sandino Moreno), "Uncertainty" (starring Lynn Collins and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), "The Tale" (starring Laura Dern), "The American Side" (starring Greg Stuhr, Matthew Broderick, Janeane Garofalo and Robert Vaughn), "A Dog Year" (starring Jeff Bridges), and "Motherhood" (starring Uma Thurman and Anthony Edwards), to name a select few. Commercial clients include HugesNet, Amazon, Verizon, Cablevision, and Coca Cola, among many others. De Villa completed her theatrical set design studies at SUNY Purchase, during which time she worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Randall Dottin Randall Dottin
Directing, Screenwriting

Randall Dottin completed his MFA in Film Directing at the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division. His thesis film "A-Alike" was licensed for a two-year broadcast run by HBO in 2003 and won numerous awards, including the DGA's East Coast Student Filmmaker Award and the Gold Medal at the 2004 Student Academy Awards for Best Narrative Film. In 2007, Randall's short film "Lifted" was sponsored by Fox Searchlight's program for emerging directors, the Fox Searchlab. In March 2009, Randall was named by INDIEWIRE Magazine as one of the Top Ten New Voices in Black Cinema. Randall has directed branded content for Toyota, Essence Magazine and AOL. Currently, Randall serves as the writer/director on a feature length documentary entitled, "The Chicago Franchise: Modern Apartheid in America." The film explores the relationship between gun violence, poverty and residential segregation in the city of Chicago.

John Foster John Foster

As a director of photography for film and video, John Foster has shot 21 feature films. He has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, and the films he has shot have won many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award. John has been privileged to be a cinematographer on films featuring Robert Downey, Jr., Damien Lewis, Amy Ryan, Stevie Wonder, Nirvana, Ron Perlman, Joe Pantoliano, Heather Graham, Adrian Grenier, and Melissa Leo. Aside from his work as a cinematographer, John also received filmmaking grants from the American Film Institute and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Michael Laibson Michael Laibson

Michael Laibson is an Emmy-winning producer of daytime dramas. For over 20 years, he led the creative teams at "All My Children," "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light," and "Another World." He started in the business as an actor, getting his degree in Theatre at UCLA, and then performing in Los Angeles and New York in productions ranging from classical to musical. Michael directed the award winning production of "The Savior of Fenway" at the New York International Fringe Festival; the critically acclaimed Christopher Durang play, "Laughing Wild," for the Garage Theatre in Teaneck, NJ; and the revival of Eugene O'Neil's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Anna Christie" at the Tank Theatre in Manhattan. Besides master classes for many schools within the tri-state area, Michael has been teaching acting for the camera, directing actors and television production at the New York Film Academy in New York City, Abu Dhabi, and Disney World for over 10 years.

Ben Maraniss Ben Maraniss

Ben has worked extensively with Spaceman Media and Scrollmotion, creating dozens of short films, commercials, and interstitials, for companies such as AMC, Comedy Central, MTV and Super Deluxe. He received his MFA in Film and Television Writing from the University of Southern California. "First Things Last," a narrative iPhone application he co-created at Scrollmotion, was featured at the American Film Institute's 2009 DigiFest. The International Screenwriters Association named Ben's one-hour drama "Weimar" the Pilot Grand Prize winner in the 2015 TRMS competition. Another hour-long drama, "Secret & Confidential," was listed on the Tracking Board as one of the 100 best pilots of 2016. Currently, Ben is working with producer Fredrica Drotos on an original series "Ivan's Hammer." His articles on cinema and pop culture have been featured in the N+1 Film Review Supplement.

Caroline McGee Caroline McGee

Caroline McGee is a performing arts educator with deep roots in the New York and international film and theatre community. She trained with Bobby Lewis, William Esper, Wynn Handman, Michael Howard, and Stella Adler. As director of acting at The Strasberg Institute - NYU Tisch, Caroline produced the New Music Theatre Festival. She also directed the MFA Acting Program at Catholic University, and is currently Program Director of NewGeneRussian with colleagues from The Moscow Art Theatre School. Academic training: Yale School of Drama, UC Berkeley (where she was awarded the Eisner Prize for Filmmaking for "A Month in the Country" at the Pacific Film Archive), and the National Acting Conservatory, Strasbourg, France. Theatre: Sarajevo & Dubrovnik Festivals, NY Shakespeare in the Park, Yale Rep, Williamstown & Berkshire Festivals. Filmwork: with Norman Jewison, Woody Allen, Gena Rowlands, & Gregory Peck, Susan Seidelman.

Daniele Napolitano Daniele Napolitano

Daniele Napolitano is a working cinematographer. After craduating from the D.A.M.S. film school in Bologna, he moved to New York City and launched his professional career after attending NYFA's Filmmaking and Cinematography programs. Daniele's works include numerous award-winning shorts; five independent narrative feature films that received worldwide distribution; music videos with artists of the caliber of Busta Rhymes and Eros Ramazzotti that totaled multi-million views on Youtube and social media channels; and commercial work for clients like Weight Watchers, Fujifilm, L'Officiel, and Ermanno Scervino, among others. Currently, Daniele is in pre-production for a feature film in France ("Online Billie") and a drama based on the real-life story of Vincent Smothers ("Made in Detroit").

Till Neumann Till Neumann

Till N. Neumann was born and raised in Munich, Germany, and worked in film production before coming to New York City as a cinematographer. Till has compiled an impressive resume, shooting over 30 short films, numerous commercials, music videos, and over 10 feature films, as well as directing numerous commercials, shorts and a feature film. Till Neumann's work on "El Camino" received great reviews by Roger Ebert. He received awards for Best Cinematography for his film "The Bakery" at the Intrepid Film Festival, as well as a special award for his cinematography at the CineVegas festival for his work on the movie "5up 2down," along with best short film awards for "The Strange Case Of Marie France" at the Newport International Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Brian O’Neill Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill is based in New York City, where he has worked continually in all aspects of the entertainment industry as a writer, actor, director, musician and filmmaker for over 30 years. He currently serves on the faculty of The New York Film Academy as an acting instructor, and is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Workshop. He has appeared in guest, co-star and recurring roles in television shows such as "Blindspot," "Blue Bloods," "Gotham," "The Following," "Madam Secretary," "American Odyssey," "Law and Order," "The Sopranos," "The Corner" (Emmy Award Best Mini – Series), "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "The Jury," "Damages," "Person of Interest," "Unforgettable," "Elementary," "666 Park Avenue," "Believe," and in several feature films including "The Lost Words," "Laws Of Attraction" (with Julianne Moore), "Brooklyn Rules" (with Alec Baldwin), "Chapter 27," "The Bourne Legacy," and The Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading" and "Frank The Bastard." He can soon be seen in the upcoming Netflix series "Seven Seconds" in the recurring role of Judge Dolan. His theater roles include stints at Yale Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare, The Flea Theater, EST, Premiere Stages, Montclair TheatreFest, Snowmass Rep, and many others.

Lanre Olabisi Lanre Olabisi

Lanre Olabisi is an award-winning indie writer/director whose second feature film, "Somewhere in the Middle" screened at over 20 international festivals while winning four prizes during its run. It can currently be found on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and DVD. Olabisi's first feature, "August the First," can also be found on Amazon and Netflix. It premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and screened in over 30 international film festivals, winning six prizes, and was also nominated for an IFP Gotham Award. Lanre is an IFP Emerging Visions Fellow, a fellow for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and a recipient of the Jerome Foundation grant.

David Pultz David Pultz

David Pultz, CSI has worked in motion picture post-production for over 35 years as a colorist for film and video. He is an active member of the Colorist Society International. A graduate of the film school at Emerson College, David spent two years at Film Tech Lab in Westfield, MA, before moving to New York City. He spent much of his career at Du Art Film & Video, working on a wide variety of independent features and documentaries. After leaving Du Art in 2008, he served short stints with the lab at PostWorks and Deluxe New York before transitioning as an independent colorist. David also produced and directed the documentary "Eternal Memory: Voices from the Great Terror," and is currently working on another one hour doc, "The Bones Speak."

Lexi Phillips Lexi Phillips

Editor and colorist Lexi Phillips began her career in the film industry as a cinematographer and editor after graduating from the University of North Texas. Her career began with shooting, directing, and editing award-winning short and feature length documentaries. After moving to New York, her career quickly expanded into editing, color grading, and cinematography for narrative film and movie musicals, experimental film supporting the local performance art community, and music videos for noted musicians. In 2013, education became part of her career when she began working at New York Film Academy, teaching editing and color grading to students locally and abroad, ranging from ages 10 and up. She continues to create films independently as an editor and colorist as well as other creative departments.

Brad Sample Brad Sample

Brad Sample is an award-winning writer/director for film, television and the web. He holds an M.F.A. in Film Directing from U.C.L.A.'s School of Theater, Film and Television. His film credits include "Stuck," a dramedy about an unattractive man who covets his best friend's girlfriend, and the Iraq War film "Attention," which aired on the Showtime Network. Brad's television work includes pilots for New York City based ¡YO! Television, including the hip-hop dance battle show, "Crunkiao," and the celebrity profile show, "Mi Barrio." The highlight of his online work is "Stand Up," a promotional video for the United Nations Millennium Campaign. Brad currently teaches directing at the New York Film Academy and is working on his next screenplay.

Moebius Simmons Moebius Simmons

Moebius Simmons is a 15-year veteran of the film and television industry, with dozens of national commercials, network TV shows, and studio feature films to his credit. He holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University and a BS in Cinema and Photography from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. His work has screened publicly in New York, Los Angeles and Beijing.

William Tyler Smith William Tyler Smith

William Tyler Smith is an independent documentary and fiction filmmaker and still photographer based in New York City. Smith holds an MFA from the prestigious UCLA Graduate Film & Television School. To date, he has directed five feature films and numerous short films across many different genres. His films have won awards at international festivals and have been broadcast, streamed and distributed on DVD all over the world. His narrative feature "Kiss Me Again" premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and has sold internationally. His first feature documentary, "The Third Mind," about the artistic collaboration of The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and beat poet Michael McClure, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and was broadcast on the Sundance Channel. His second documentary feature, "Imagine a School...Summerhill" is enjoying a successful video-on-demand run. He is currently in post-production on, "Third Mind Blues," a film about Ray Manzarek and Roy Roger's creative collaboration. Smith is also in post-production on "The Incredible Flamin Groovies Movie," a film about the Flamin Groovies comeback after having been apart for 30 years. He is also in development on two fiction feature length screenplays. He is also a self-taught and accomplished award-winning still photographer. He has worked for the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and New York, and his photographs have appeared in various publications such as "The September 11 Project" and the cover of Ray Manzarek and Roy Roger's album, "Translucent Blues."

Hernan Toro Hernan Toro

Hernán Toro (Director of Photography) was born and raised in the colorful city of Caracas, Venezuela; there he studied advertising before leaving home for England, where he attended The London Film School. Once back in Caracas, he rapidly became one of most sought after and recognized cinematographers in Venezuela, then South America and eventually moved to New York City where he resides since 1995.

Toro has shot over 20 feature films most notably "First We Take Brooklyn," "3 Noches," "Mob Town," "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.” Recently “Spiked,” “Blackjack: The Story of Jackie Ryan,” “Hamlet/Horatio,” “I Love Us,” and nearly 900 TV commercials, several music videos, shorts, and documentaries. In between films he dedicates his time to teach Cinematography to newer generations of filmmakers at the New York Film Academy.

Hernán continues to apply his eye, knowledge, and passion to his cinematography. He is also an accomplished still photographer, with his work shown as part of a dozen photographic exhibitions, photos published in magazines, catalogs, and three architectural books.

Victor Verhaeghe Victor Verhaeghe

As an actor, Victor is currently working as a recurring character on the Amazon series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and will portray the lead role in feature film "Bride in a Box." Recent film and TV work includes Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies"; recurring role in the HBO mini-series "The Night Of" starring John Turturro; recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" starring Steve Buscemi; featured role on the NBC Pilot "Allegiance"; guest starring roles on "Person of Interest," "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife," "Fringe," and several "Law & Order" episodes. Verhaeghe's off-Broadway credits include "Magic Hands Freddy" at Soho Rep with Ralph Macchio and "Four Last Things" with Royal Family Productions. He has written and starred in three musical comedies for the NY International Fringe Festival. He has also written and produced a feature film and three short films that all garnered attention on the festival circuit.

Max Wixom Max Wixom

Max Wixom is a New York-based art director. He has worked on such films as Todd Solondz' "Weiner-Dog," "Collateral Beauty," "The Family Fang," "The American Side," "X/Y" and the upcoming features "A Kid Like Jake" (starring Jim Parsons and Claire Danes) and "Brawl in Cellblock 99" (starring Vince Vaughn and Don Johnson). His work has premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance, and TIFF, among others. An adjunct faculty member of both NYFA and NYU, he holds a BFA in theatrical design and photography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of United Scenic Artists.

Max Wixom Jonah Bleicher

Jonah Bleicher is a filmmaker and post-production specialist based in NYC. With over 15 years of experience in editing, animation, motion graphics, and color grading. Jonah holds a BFA in animation from RISD and an MFA in film production from Columbia University. He has worked extensively on narrative, experimental, music videos and commercial media projects. His films have screened in dozens of film festivals worldwide. He is the recipient of the Sloan Production grant for his film The King’s Pawn and was twice a semi-finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Award. He currently teaches video editing and animation at Wagner College.

Max Wixom Fabrizio Fama

Born and raised in Catania, Sicily, after 14 years of experience in narrative film editing, Fabrizio Fama decided to leave Italy and move to New York City. Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Fama was hired by Thin Edge Films to be the senior editor on the musical feature Thirsty, winner and nominee in film festivals around the globe.

Since he moved to the U.S., Fama works as video editor for shorts, features, commercials and online videos for top-notch production companies such as MTV, LogoTV and VH1 to mention a few.

As an experienced film editor, Fama has gained the trust and admiration of his colleagues through his creative, passionate, and collaborative style. While living in New York City, he is also sharing his knowledge and expertise teaching Film Editing at The New York Film Academy for all departments (Filmmaking, Cinematography, Documentary, Post Production, Producing) and receiving incredibly positive reviews from students and co-workers everyday.

Max Wixom Marina Catala

Marina Catala is a New York-based producer and editor, who has developed, produced and edited hundreds of hours of television content for networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and The CW. She received an MFA in Editing from the AFI Conservatory in 2003, and for six years worked as an editor on shows like The Biggest Loser and The Amazing Race before a desire for more creative input took her out of the editor’s chair. For several years she oversaw the post departments of shows like Ink Master and I Used to be Fat, and then took her command of post-production and applied it to all aspects of production – from development to field producing – as the executive producer of the hit comedy series Impractical Jokers on TruTV. More recently, she was the showrunner and executive producer of its spin-off series After Party.

Max Wixom Tarek Bouraque

Tarek Bouraque is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and educator. Born and raised in Morocco, his work focuses on social justice, migration, First Nation rights and identities. His films have screened at the Docfilm Institute in San Francisco, the Rory Peck Trust Awards in London, Anthology Film Archive in New York City, the Academy of Film/HKBU in Hong Kong and other venues. As a journalist, Tarek has been directing and producing for international media outlets including Al Jazeera English, AJ+, AFP, and National Geographic to name a few. Since 2016, Bouraque has taught Film, Cinematography, Documentary Production and Emerging Media at Hunter College, York College, Downtown Community Television Center, Juilliard School and Educational Video Center. He is the founder of Global Fronteras Films, a production company and film laboratory. Bouraque holds a MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College and a BA in Journalism and Television from ESJ Paris/Casablanca.

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