Faculty

Ellen Novack

has produced, directed and had a long and successful career as a casting director- She has taught acting at the Julliard School; American Conservatory; New York University; Rutgers University; Columbia University; National Theatre Institute; CSC Conservatory; Actors and Directors Lab. Ellen also founded ActorLaunch.com, which offers consultations to actors who are moving to LA or New York for the first time to further their careers or to any actor who needs career advice.

Nevie Owens

After graduating from the University of Denver, Producer/Editor Nevie Owens returned to Austin, Texas to take advantage of the burgeoning film industry. From 1999-2008, she along with fellow filmmaker Buckner Cooke formed Red Frame Productions, a full-service digital video production company. Her work as a producer and editor has screened at SXSW and Slamdance. "Roberta Wells" can be found on the "2004 Best of Slamdance" DVD. Other creative work, a Willie Nelson music video "Big Boodie," aired nationally on CMT.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick has produced several independent documentary shorts, including: Where There Is A Will… There Will Be A Living Wage, on the movement for a living wage at Texas A&M University and the struggle of the University’s lowest paid workers, and The Cost of War, which examines the human, personal, social and psychological costs of war through the perspective of soldiers, veterans and military families.

Patrice Pitman Quinn

actress and teacher for film, television and stage- She has taught and directed in New York, Los Angeles and abroad with both children and adults. Patrice uses multiple disciplines for acting technique and works on script development as well as many workshops on Commedia del Arte. She presently teaches at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts.

Paul Quinn

director and writer recently directed and produced Never Get Outta The Boat, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and won the Audience award for Best Feature at the Florida Film Festival. HBO has hired him to write a pilot and several episodes based on the film. Additionally, Paul directed an episode of the NBC comedy Scrubs. Paul wrote, directed and produced his first feature This is My Father, starring James Caan, Aidan Quinn and John Cusack.

Heather Rae

producer-has worked in some producing capacity on more than a dozen documentaries and half dozen features through her fifteen years in the film industry. For six years Rae ran the Native Program at the Sundance Institute and was a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. She recently produced feature film American Monster starring Adam Beach , Gary Farmer and Udo Kier. She is also producing A Thousand Guns, The Space Between All Things, and co-producing Backroads, which premiered at Sundance in 2000.

Manfred Reiff

Manfred Reiff is a Cinematographer with a focus on fashion and beauty advertising. He has worked for many prestigious clients including L'Oreal, Olay, Coca Cola, AT&T, Ford and Samsung. He also works as a cinematographer with many celebrities, including recently: Beyonce, Milla Jovovitch, Eva Longoria, Andy MacDowell and Diane Keaton, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Marrion Cottilard.

Doug Sadler

Writer-director- was born in New Orleans and raised on a horse farm in rural Louisiana until his parents sold everything and moved onto a sailboat. They eventually settled in Maryland and Sadler went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University. He then studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and later received his MFA from the American Film Institute. He is the founder of The Oregon Lab, a multi-disciplinary creative retreat which meets once a year to engage in exploratory and experimental work.

April Sanchez

April Melody Sanchez is a freelance Director and Editor in Austin, TX. She has worked on various independent documentary and narrative films, as well as commercials and product videos for local businesses. Writing being one of April's passions, she has written several screenplays and in 2006 she was awarded a screenwriting fellowship for the Latino Writers Lab through NALIP. In 2007, April was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab with her script EL PASO DEL ALMA.

August Schellenberg

actor- Schellenberg has been working in television since 1970 on shows such as High Noon, North 60, Lonesome Dove and Walker, Texas Ranger. He has also worked in films such as Free Willy, Friday the 13th and Black Robe. August is part Mohawk and has been nominated for for three Genie Awards, one of which he won for Black Robe. He has also been nominated for two Gemini Awards, and has won one for the television movie The Prodigal).